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Jodi Arias sentence might hang on mitigation specialist: Former juror talks

The Toronto Relationships Examiner previously reported that Jodi Arias was to appear in court May 16 in a hearing pertaining to matters around the retrial of her sentencing phase. Speculation of the matters that are currently in motion before the courts center around a CNN filing requesting camera access for the September trial, and matters pertaining to mitigation specialist Maria de la Rosa. CBS5 Arizona affiliate KPHO has reported that Jodi Arias appeared in court today in her prison stripes, but the public only heard that the next hearing was set for July 1, at 8:30.A.M. ET.

Jodi in her prison stripes at an earlier hearing after her first degree murder conviction.
Jodi in her prison stripes at an earlier hearing after her first degree murder conviction.
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All other matters that were discussed in the case of the State versus Jodi Arias were held in closed proceedings as confirmed by Fox News and the tweet from the Maricopa County Office, "State v Jodi Arias has begun. Judge Stephens set the next hearing for July 1. All other matters will be conducted in a closed proceeding."

Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder one year ago for the brutal killing of her lover Travis Alexander. The Alexander family is patiently waiting for resolution and closure in this case.

The first panel of jurors in the Jodi Arias trial had no difficulty finding Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder. They had no difficulty determining whether or not she was guilty with an element of cruelty. But when it came to determining whether she should be held accountable with her life in prison, or with her life, they were deadlocked.

In the video shown here, a juror from the Jodi Arias trial talks to Dr. Drew about what went on in that jury room when it came to making that final decision. The element of mitigating factors was brought up as a key reason they were deadlocked. At the time, Maria de la Rosa was the mitigation specialist assigned to the Jodi Arias trial.

She was responsible for coming up with the factors that would lead a jury to decide that Jodi's life should be saved. Factors like why is her life worth saving, and what can she offer to the community if her life is saved are the kinds of factors included in mitigation factors. Age and gender are others. In the case of her first trial, she was successful. They were deadlocked. According to one of the jurors in the Jodi Arias trial, Jodi's artwork and other mitigating factors are the reasons the jury had a difficult time sentencing her to death. At that time, Maria de la Rosa's work as a mitigation specialist saved Jodi's life.

Recently, Maria de la Rosa found herself in the news and in some hot water for trying to smuggle something out of the Maricopa County Estrella Jail after visiting her client Jodi Arias. She was temporarily banned from visiting her client, until her lawyer pushed for those rights back.

To some at the time, it may not have seemed like a big deal. She was just smuggling artwork. But the prosecutor likely has a really big problem with that, because her previous work on the Jodi Arias case has been successful enough to save her client's life…for this much longer. These matters were likely discussed during today's closed hearing, and a mitigation specialist for the Jodi Arias case as listed in the Maricopa County Judicial Branch is someone named Sue Stadola.

The next hearing for the case of the State of Arizona versus Jodi Arias will take place on July 1, 2014.

Do you think the mitigation specialist is a big issue or a non issue? Do you think it is possible for Jodi Arias to get an unbiased trial, even without camera coverage?