I posted this on another blog about my thoughts regarding Jodi Arias potentially getting a deal and pleading guilty for Life Without Parole. My comment is in response to this blog post:
A reporter for an Arizona newspaper tweeted some interesting news about the Jodi Arias case.
The reporter noted that “settlement conferences are used to reach a plea agreement.” Since there has already been a conviction they may be discussing sentencing options. If so, it’s expected that her lawyers will try to spare her from the death penalty.
Even though the conference is “on the docket,” there is no guarantee that it will take place. Delays are characteristic of this court. If the conference does take place, it’s unlikely that it will be open to the media.
The wait continues.
If you were Travis Alexander’s family, would you forego your desire for the death penalty and settle for life in prison?
Michael Kiefer digs deeper into what the settlement conference means and the potential outcomes for Arias. For those concerned about her potential release in the event of a life with parole deal, he notes that it is no longer an option. “Even the chance of “release” after 25 years has been eliminated for murders committed after 2012.”
Kiefer also makes a good point about the appeal process in the event of the death penalty compared to a life without parole sentence. If Jodi Arias is sentenced to death, an appeal is automatic whereas if she receives life, “her appeals would go instead to the Arizona Court of Appeals [as opposed to federal court], then to the Arizona Supreme Court and then back to Superior Court for what is referred to as “post-conviction relief.”
Debra Milke and Johnathan Doody both had their death-sentence verdicts tossed out of court on federal appeals cases.
In that case, life without parole all but guarantees that Jodi Arias never leaves prison.
The comment I posted is this: