PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona court ruling cites a “strong presumption for public access” and denies a request by Jodi Arias’ lawyers to file her upcoming appeal of her murder conviction in the killing of her ex-boyfriend under seal.
However, a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Arias’ lawyers may file a motion under seal to identify portions of the appeal brief that they think should be kept secret to prevent “private or public harm” and to protect privacy interests.
Arias’ lawyers had asked that her upcoming appeal be kept secret, arguing that the trial records remain sealed and that public interest in her case remains extremely high.
The appeal brief is due next Wednesday.
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Arias is serving a life sentence in Travis Alexander’s 2008 death.