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Impartial jury? Difficult task ahead, experiment shows

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PHOENIX -

Is it even possible to find a second jury in the Jodi Arias case? Is there anyone in Maricopa County who doesn't know about her? FOX 10's Jessica Flores took to the streets to find out.

Her face was blasted on news networks across the globe. People around the world couldn't tear themselves away from all the drama in the courtroom, and the sordid testimony about her relationship with Travis Alexander.

With all the months of attention, could anyone find 12 impartial jurors to decide her fate?

We conducted a non-scientific experiment by asking people in a Phoenix parking lot if they know who Jodi Arias is. We talked to 30 people -- and only one out of 30 didn't recognize her.

Of those that did recognize her, most of them already had their minds made up how they would want her punished -- most said death.

Jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius says that even if people recognize Arias, they would still be good jurors.

"I've worked on a lot of impartial cases and I have to say there are people out there that are impartial," she said.

"What people oftentimes do not realize is the law doesn't say a juror cannot have knowledge about a case. What the law requires is that jurors who do have knowledge be ready, willing and able to put aside what they may have heard about the case," said Phoenix School of Law Professor Dave Cole.

As of now, County Attorney Bill Montgomery has said they will retry the penalty phase.

FOX 10's Jessica Flores reports.


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