Convicted murderer Jodi Arias is in court Thursday with her attorneys negotiating a settlement of the penalty phase of her trial, which ended in a hung jury during her original trial.
The media is locked out of the courtroom for this negotiation phase, but through her Twitter account and a web page, Arias is keeping herself and her case in front of the public.
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She posted on Wednesday:
She's also making sure people are aware of the website, www.jodiarias.com, that sells her artwork.
Fox 10’s Syleste Rodriguez talked with defense attorney Dwane Cates about what happens in a settlement negotiation,
and whether Arias’ social media interactions might come up.
Cates said anything about the case can come up in settlement hearings, and said as a defense attorney, he would tackle the situation by pointing out that while the prosecution “did pretty well at trial,” they were still only able to come with a hung jury during the penalty phase.
“The best that they could get after the full trial is 10 to 4,” Cates told Rodriguez. “It wasn’t one rogue juror holding it up. It was 10 to 4.”
But Cates said he thought it was unlikely that attorneys would discuss Arias’ Twitter presence or the fact that she’s making money off her artwork online. The main focus on money will be on avoiding another trial, Cates told Fox 10.
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