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Jodi Arias jurors won’t have to disclose Twitter accounts, judge rules

Posted Dec 6, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An Arizona judge has ruled that jurors considering the sentence for Jodi Arias won’t have to disclose their Twitter accounts.

Judge Sherry Stephens rejected a defense bid to obtain the account information so jurors’ tweets could be monitored, report the Arizona Republic and ABC15.com. Stephens said there was no reason to require jurors to disclose the information "absent a credible allegation that juror misconduct has occurred."

Defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi argued in a hearing on Tuesday that the information was needed to make sure jurors weren't receiving information about the case. But prosecutor Juan Martinez said required disclosure would invade jurors' privacy and wouldn't prevent them from receiving information from other sources.

Arias was convicted in May for the murder of her boyfriend, but jurors were unable to agree whether she should get the death penalty.

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