PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias returns to court today as her attorneys ask the judge to vacate the jury's decision that the 2008 killing of her boyfriend was "especially cruel," a finding that allowed the panel to consider the death penalty.
Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. About two weeks later, the same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death. While her murder conviction stands, the judge declared a mistrial of the penalty phase.
Prosecutors say they are preparing to try again for the death penalty with a new jury, but would consider a resolution short of a new trial.
Arias admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed it was self-defense.
Oakville residents say they will take their opposition to a large, senior housing complex in South County to court if necessary. That was the message delivered by residents who packed a St. Louis County Planning Commission meeting Monday night.
The three-story, low income housing project already under construction at Telegraph and Erb by National Church Residences had been approved by the St. Louis County Council. But residents demanded county officials revisit the issue, claiming they hadn't been told about the project ahead of time.
An attorney for National Church Residences says construction on the project will not halt, and his clients are also ready to take the issue to court.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.
In a statement Monday, the Chicago Democrat says she considered mounting a challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided to stay in her current job and to seek re-election.
Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the powerful speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.
Madigan's exit leaves former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who's formed an exploratory committee to challenge Quinn, and four Republicans. Illinois faces major financial challenges, including a $97 billion hole in its pension funding.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year. In a statement Monday, the Democrat says she did consider mounting a challenge to Governor Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided against it. Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.
The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians - state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
Raoul has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general's office if Madigan ran for governor.
Raoul planned to ramp up his fundraising efforts after the close of the last Legislative session.
Simon has long made it known her political future won't include re-election next year. However, she hasn't been clear on what office she might seek instead. Simon has touted her legal background.