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Jodi Arias seeks delay of penalty phase retrial

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For the first time ever Jodi Arias acts as her own lawyer during a court hearing Wednesday morning.

The convicted murder spoke quietly as she asked the judge to delay her upcoming sentencing retrial.

The bottom line is that Jodi Arias wants more time before he retrial starts. She's blaming MCSO and says they refused to let an expert witness into jail to talk to her now that she's representing herself.

Jodi Arias in a jailhouse jumpsuit spoke softly in court acting as her own attorney. She asked for more time to prepare for re-trial because MCSO turned away an expert witness who tried to meet with her in jail. MCSO said that Arias didn't follow the jail rules.

"She has decided to be her own attorney, that's her business, I run the jails. I have my own policies, she doesn't run the jail," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio said they don't have a court-approved witness list for Jodi Arias. According to jail rules all witnesses must be on a witness list filed with the court.

"Everybody that comes in talks to her, if it's a wintess we want the name, we run it by the court to make sure that person is really a witness and not a visitor," said Arpaio.

Arpaio said there's a good reason for these guidelines when it comes to inmates who act as their own attorney.

"When you deal with witnesses they get special attention, they can talk for 4-5 hours, we cannot monitor the conversation. So people can call for a mistrial, that's why we have this policy, really it's to protect her," he said.

Arias now claims that the expert witness that was turned away cannot come back until the end of the month. So she wants to delay her sentencing retrial set for September 8th.

In court today Arias did mention adding and removing people from a witness list. There's no word if it's an old list filed by her old attorney's before Arias decided to represent herself.

Arias's former attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Wilmot were in court Wednesday to help advise her. Nurmi has asked to leave the case. Arias also told the judge that if Nurmi is allowed to leave she'll stop representing herself and allow Wilmot to take over.

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