Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens’ denial of a request by media outlets to air edited portions of the Jodi Arias sentencing trail on the nightly news is considered by some to hinder the public’s right to view criminal proceedings.

Ballard Spahr partner David J. Bodney, who represents local television stations, had argued in court that edited portions of the trial should be allowed to be shown on the nightly news. “The public is entitled to attend these proceedings, and the court should be facilitating the public’s right to attend,” Mr. Bodney said. “It enhances the public’s confidence in the judicial system.”

Judge Stephens previously had ruled that she would permit videotaping of the trial, but that the footage must be held under embargo until the end of the trial. In her decision to deny the request for nightly news coverage, she stated that her approach is a balance between providing the media with least restrictive access and granting Ms. Arias the right to a fair trial.

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