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Jodi Arias attorneys argue for juror Twitter accounts

PHOENIX -- Jodi Arias' attorneys want a judge to compel jurors in her penalty-phase retrial to reveal their Twitter user names so the accounts can be monitored to ensure they aren't communicating about the case.

Arias was convicted of murder in May in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. The same jury failed to agree on her sentence, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.

During a hearing Tuesday, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi argued that Arias needs juror Twitter accounts to ensure they are not being influenced by outside elements. Prosecutor Juan Martinez called it an invasion of juror privacy. The judge hasn't ruled.

Judge Sherry Stephens is banning live television coverage of Arias' sentencing phase retrial as prosecutors again seek the death penalty.

The judge also has banned the use of electronic devices, meaning reporters won't be able to use Twitter to provide real-time updates.

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