Monday, December 9 2013 9:49 AM EST2013-12-09 14:49:03 GMT
Officials released an announcement that the LSU Tigers and the Iowa Hawkeyes will bring in the year 2014 as they square-off in the Outback Bowl on January 1st in Tampa. Outback Bowl Chairman Ken HovermanMore >>
Officials released an announcement that the LSU Tigers and the Iowa Hawkeyes will bring in the year 2014 as they square-off in the Outback Bowl on January 1 in Tampa.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:14 PM EST2013-12-10 01:14:55 GMT
After nearly 19 years of being unsolved, a suspect has been arrested in a double murder case from 1995.The Baton Rouge Police Department said James Johnson, 39, was arrested early Monday morning on twoMore >>
After nearly 19 years of being unsolved, a suspect has been arrested in a double murder case from 1995.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 10:18 AM EST2013-12-09 15:18:28 GMT
A former LSU football player who turned himself in to authorities in connection with a burglary is out of jail after posting bond. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said ex-LSU running backMore >>
A former LSU football player who turned himself in to authorities in connection with a burglary is out of jail after posting bond.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Attorneys for convicted murderer Jodi Arias have filed a motion with the court requesting that anyone who makes a victim impact statement should do so on tape, rather than live in the courtroom in front of the jury.
Members of a victim's family are typically permitted to address the court and the defendant during the sentencing phase of a case.
The motion asks that all "victim impact evidence be presented via videotape, so as to prevent any unpredictable outbursts that interfere with the rights due Ms. Arias."
"I've never heard of that being done," said death penalty attorney Michael Black when asked about the potential for a videotaped victim statement being shown in court.
Black says the only incident he could recall of seeing videotaped victim's statements, has been when the victims family or friends were too ill to personally appear in court.
"The judge wouldn't do anything unless the witness was getting out of line and making scurrilous remarks about the defendant," added Black.
The sentencing phase, set to get under way Thursday afternoon, was abruptly postponed until May 15. No explanation for the delay was given and transcripts of the judge's and attorney's conversations were sealed.
Black, however, says it is highly likely that the defense motion about videotaped statements and another motion asking for the prosecution to turn over additional documents is likely what precipitated the delay.
The jury convicted Arias on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Testimony began in early January.
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