|Sherry K. Stephens|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona|
|Title: || Judge|
|Position: || Criminal Division|
|Undergraduate: || Arizona State University|
|Law School: || Arizona State University|
|Candidate for: ||Maricopa County Superior Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date: ||November 6, 2012|
|Retention vote: ||419,994|
|Retention vote %: ||73.22% |
Sherry K. Stephens is a criminal court judge (Southeast Division) for the Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona.
Stephens received her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from Arizona State University. 
Stephens is a Superior Court judge for Maricopa County. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Arizona Attorney General's Office Organized Crime and Fraud Section. 
Awards and associations
- Past chair, Arizona State Bar Public Lawyers Section
- Community Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program 
Stephens was retained with 73.22% of the vote in the general election on November 6th.
- See also: Arizona judicial elections, 2012
Judge Stephens presides over murder trial of Jodi Arias
|March 12, 2013|
|Judge Sherry K. Stephens is presiding over the highly-publicized trial of Jodi Arias, who is charged with brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, a Mormon motivational speaker, in 2008. Alexander was shot in the head, stabbed 27 times and had his throat slit.
Arias admitted to the murder, but claims it was done out of self-defense. Prosecutors are arguing that it was premeditated and done out of jealous anger. She is facing the death penalty, after a motion by the defense to remove such a penalty was denied by Judge Stephens.
Arizona is one of the few states that allows jurors to ask questions of the witnesses. Many questions were posed to Arias. A few raunchy details about her and Alexander's relationship were revealed, but no strong evidence supporting her claims of self defense have been brought to light so far.
Update: On May 8, 2013, the jury in the case found Arias guilty of first-degree murder.  On May 22, a mistrial was declared and the jury dismissed after it failed to reach a consensus on sentencing. A new jury will be convened on July 18 to deliberate about a sentence. If that jury also cannot reach a unanimous consensus, it will be up to Judge Stephens to determine whether Arias receives life in prison or eligibility for parole after twenty-five years.
Update: As of December 2013, a date for the retrial for sentencing has not been scheduled. Judge Stephens has granted a request to ban live television coverage of the trial. She has also banned electronic devices, barring reporters from tweeting and making live updates during the trial. Stephens has denied other requests, such as moving the trial out of Maricopa County, and sequestering the jury during the trial.
- ↑ Judge Stephens biography
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Maricopa County Court Bio
- ↑ Maricopa County 2012 Unofficial Election Results
- ↑ Arizona Courts, Judicial Performance Evaluations: Retention List 2012
- ↑ CBS News - Crimesider, "Jodi Arias Trial: Woman charged in ex-boyfriend's murder answers juror questions," March 6, 2013
- ↑ Business Insider, "Meet The 32-Year-Old At The Center Of The Incredibly Salacious Mormon Murder Trial," March 9, 2013
- ↑ Huffington Post, "Jodi Arias, Accused Of Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend 27 Times, Will Face Death Penalty," February 10, 2012
- ↑ CNN.com, "Jury finds Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder," May 9, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post, "Jury deadlocks on life term or death for Jodi Arias; judge declares mistrial in penalty phase," May 23, 2013
- ↑ United Press International, "Jodi Arias retrial to be blocked from TV," December 2, 2013