Jodi Arias went to court today to ask to be her own attorney in her upcoming death penalty sentencing trial. Nope, I am not kidding. And Judge Stephens granted her appeal!
Judge Stephens asked Jodi Arias if she understood she is giving up right to counsel. “Do you understand you may face the death penalty?” “Do you understand there will be no delays?” “I don’t believe this is in your best interest,” Judge Stephens said as she accepted Jodi’s motion to waive her right to counsel.
So no more Nurmi and Willmott? Don’t they wish. They still have to “act in an advisory capacity”. This essentially means they have to work three times as hard to give her a defense while not actually getting to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses.
Jodi Arias gets what she wants, a head to head showdown with prosecutor, Juan Martinez. And of course a ton of attention. Sadly, last I heard, cameras will NOT be allowed in the courtrooms for this round. I hope Jodi can do something to change this. Please, GOD, let there be cameras.
Troy Hayden Pheonix Fox 10 News Anchor was the twitter source for this post. @TroyHaydenFox10