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Jodi Arias' attorney banned from her jail cell by Sheriff Arpaio's office

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"America's toughest sheriff" announced on Monday that one of "celebrity murderer" Jodi Arias' criminal attorneys is now banned from the detention facility in Phoenix, Ariz., in which Arias is being incarcerated while she awaits the penalty phase of her murder trial scheduled to go before the jury in September 2014.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department in Maricopa County -- which includes the city of Phoenix -- issued a statement claiming that Arias attorney, Maria De La Rosa, is now banned from its detention facilities and jails as a result of her sneaking out a piece of artwork created by Arias out of the sheriff's jail.

The Sheriff Arpaio's deputies stated that Arias' drawing is considered contraband and her lawyer, De La Rosa, should not be delivering Arias' items including artwork.

Arias gained national attention for her murder of her boyfriend. She was convicted in May 2013 of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander.

De La Rosa hired her own attorney -- Dan Raynak -- who told members of Arizona's news organizations that prohibiting Arias' attorney from seeing her client is "outrageous" and that De La Rosa didn't handle contraband but it was material evidence for her client's penalty phase.

A jury convicted the now 33-year-old Arias of first-degree murder in May 2013 for the brutal killing of Alexander in 2008. Alexander, who was 24-years-old at the time, was discovered dead in the bathtub of his house. The jury was told that His throat had been slit, he had a gunshot wound to his head, and he was stabbed about 30 times. Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense.


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