Judge Sherry Stephens has approved Jodi Arias’ request to rescind her right to represent herself. Arias has served as her attorney for one month in preparation for her sentencing. Arias’ defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott will resume their representation of her. The sentencing in the Arizona capital case is still on schedule for jury selection beginning on September 29th. The court has scheduled the trial to last until the first part of December with breaks in October and November for holidays. 300 prospective jurors are expected to be selected from the jury pool using questionnaires. Then, three panels of 100 prospective jurors each are expected to be called to the courthouse for further questioning. Each juror will be either accepted or rejected until all twelve jurors plus alternates have been seated.
In 2013, a jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder after a sensationalized trial. The jury could not agree on whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or death.
In other news, attorneys representing local television stations have filled a request for the judge to reconsider her media coverage ruling. Judge Stephens previously ruled that the media could not televise trial segments until after a sentence was decided. The attorneys are requesting that the delay be just 30 minutes instead of several months. The judge is expected to rule on Tuesday.