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Montgomery: Sequestration should've been considered in Arias trial

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In a high profile case such as this, jury misconduct is always a concern -- social media, print media, even television can sometimes influence a juror.

Arizona doesn't sequester juries, which means to house them at hotel and keep them in a bubble.

We asked County Attorney Bill Montgomery if he thinks the jury in the Arias trial should be sequestered.

"I'm starting to become very concerned that the media circus here is going to create an appellate issue, where they can say at some point because the jury isn't sequestered," he said. "That there's no way that they could have been affected at some point. And that's a big concern that I have. I think if the court had any sense that we would be where we are now, that [sequestration] would have been seriously considered."

Arizona hasn't a sequestered jury in a very long time.

Montgomery believes one of the reasons for that is because it's very hard on the jury members, and it would be difficult for them to concentrate on the trial when you pull them from their everyday lives.

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