The Arizona Supreme Court denied Jodi Arias’ motion to put her sentencing on hold.  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said she wouldn’t rule on a request by news organizations to release a transcript of the closed-door testimony until after the state’s high court ruling.

Arias was convicted last year in the 2008 murder of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury deadlocked on sentencing.  A new jury was empaneled for a new sentencing proceeding.

Stephens closed the courtroom to the public during the testimony of Arias’ first defense witness.  There was a ton of speculation on who the witness was and it is now believed to be Arias herself.  The judge had explained that the move was necessary because the witness refused to testify in public.  An appeals court threw out Stephens’ ruling.

Arias’ attorneys are currently appealing that decision.  The new ruling means that the closed door testimony may soon be released in the form of a transcript.  Meanwhile, a defense witness was allowed to testify last week under a pseudonym.


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