Hon. Sherry K. Stephens See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Maricopa County
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Phoenix

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* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
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* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


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* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


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* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Sherry K. Stephens


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Other

Comment #: AZ1182
Rating:8.0
Comments:
She needed to reign in the defense more. There was time wasted. Needed to put the brakes on all the sidebars. Should have put a lot of that on at the end of the day, to spare the jur wasted time.

Other

Comment #: AZ1142
Rating:8.0
Comments:
It was her first murder trial and I think she did bend over backwards - in the first penalty faze trial the jury couldnt agree she made them go back and deliberate.

She did refuse cameras into the second trial and I think she handled it quite well - and being a first murder trial presiding over she should get some credit.

She came through when she gave Jodi Arias the maximum sentence possible and she did the best she could to try and avoid appeal issues.

Other

Comment #: AZ1125
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have read a lot of the comments and agree with the facts. It may have SEEMED
that she was biased, but that is only an opinion, though as many have stated here seems to be unanimous. The really factual things that bothered me about the judge is that she did not demand respect. All the sidebars the defense wanted shouldn't have been allowed. If things weren't going their way the demanded a sidebar. The other thing was letting the defense dictate when they would hold court. She should've told them to subpoena the witnesses and she would not and made too many concessions for the defense. Mr. Martinez never asked for sidebars and had his witnesses ready and never was court delayed because of the prosecution. But almost every time court convened there was countless delays from the defense. Now if this was showing bias only the court would be at liberty to say. I think the trials should at least be looked at for misconduct. Too much money was spent for such blatant lying on the stand. I would have loved to see some of the ppl testifying who blatantly lied to have been held in contempt. Then I would have had respect for her as a judge, and would've made me more comfortable that she was the one in control. It was a shame that it was such a one sided prejudicial mess in that courtroom.

Other

Comment #: AZ1120
Rating:1.0
Comments:
she was horrible,,she had no control over the court room,,she dragged the case on way to long,they worked only 4 days a week and sometimes not even that.she looked like she was falling a sleep.. i rated her 1 didnt have the option for 0

Other

Comment #: AZ1113
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very biased, weak, not a very strong Judge. She did not pay attention to jury's requests thus the decision was hung, again. Too many steps she should have acted on and she didn't. Therefore, the vital issues were presented to the Court of Appeal and the decision made was in reference to secret testimony. The Court reversed her decision. Too many delays made by the Judge which inadvertently made the trial excessively long and costly. She's an embarrassment to the American Judicial System and needs to be removed from the Bench immediately.

Other

Comment #: AZ1095
Rating:1.0
Comments:
needs to learn control the court room and do the job she is supposed to do

Other

Comment #: AZ1057
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I think a thorough investigation into Judge Sherry K Stephan she has done a lot of underhanded things in the Jodi Aries trial, allowing a sleuth juror on the jury is very pro defense and lagging a trial for months when it could of ended so much sooner she did everything for defense team by allowing them to tarnish the reputation of the victim . This trial was nothing but a scam/sham..Hope she is removed ASAP for the sake of the people from Arizona ............

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1056
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you live in Arizona PLEASE VOTE OUT Judge Sherry Stephens! Travis Alexander murder trial Arias. Judge Stephens allowed the defense to control her courtroom since day one. She allowed defense, Arias, and defense witnesses to be very rude to Juan Martinez, refusing to answer his questions. She allowed Nurmi to question a Mormon Bishop on the witness stand nurmi called him a lier and scream at him. Unbelieveable disrespect and judge stephens did not say one word! defense 3.2 million so far & world knows Judge Stephens got a cut of that money. She abused Travis Alexander and his family daily! She put the convicted murderer Arias up on a pedestal. during prosecution case Arias & wilmott were constantly talking and laughing. Judge Stephens is a man hater!
Travis Alexander was murder 3 times - most gruesome murder in Arizona history yet the judge treats Arias as if she got a speeding ticket. REMOVE HER FROM THE BENCH!

Other

Comment #: AZ1055
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She should be stripped of her robe & sent to jail! How was she assigned to the death penalty Travis Alexander murder trial? She was not a death penalty qualified judge! She was a family judge! This judge is corrupt! Twice did not read the entire jury instruction! She has 17 months of exparte secret meeting with the defense. no Juan Martinez was not allowed to be there. That is illegal! Judge Stephens knew Juror #17 was the defense's stealth juror. Juan Martinez tried twice to strike her for valid legal reasons, Judge Stephens said NO. Jury decision for penalty retrial was 11 for death and 1 for life - 1 for life was the stealth juror. The stealth juror refused to deliberate per the jury foreman.

Other

Comment #: AZ1051
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge Sherry Stephens is the very worse judge that ever took the bench I would hope there is a investigation in the way she handles Jodi Aries trial/sentencing. This-needs to be done to prove our legal system is working with out her ...
corruption

Other

Comment #: AZ1050
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge Sherry Stephens is the very worse judge that ever took the bench I would hope there is a investigation in the way she handles Jodi Aries trial/sentencing. This-needs to be done to prove our legal system is working with out her ...
corruption

Other

Comment #: AZ1049
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge Sherry Stephan's is the very worse judge that ever took the bench I would hope there is a investigation in the way she handles Jodi Aries trial/sentencing. This-needs to be done to prove our legal system is working with out her ...
corruption

Other

Comment #: AZ1048
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge Sherry Stephan's is the very worse judge that ever took the bench I would hope there is a investigation in the way she handles Jodi Aries trial/sentencing. This-needs to be done to prove our legal system is working with out her ...
corruption

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1046
Rating:1.0
Comments:
THIS JUDGE HAD NO BUSINESS PRESIDING OVER THE JODI ARIAS TRIAL WHAT A SHAM! I AM APPALLED AND DISGUSTED WITH HER INABILITY TO HANDLE THIS SITUATION BY ALLOWING AN OBVIOUSLY BIASED JUROR TO REMAIN ON THE JURY. SHE SHOULD BE OUSTED AND THIS TRIAL SHOULD BE THROWN OUT. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME. SHAME ON HER!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ1045
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge came across as clearly biased in favor of the defendant. I have never seen such horrible rulings that allowed unsubstantiated items in as actual evidence. There was nothing to prove any of it was valid. She had at least 3 separate instances when she should have removed juror #17. She further held much of court proceedings in secret. Never ever seen the likes before. Also, she never once reprimanded the defense for tweets throughout the trials for ignoring the courts order of no discussing the proceedings. She single handedly allowed the murderers defense team and experts ss well as the murderer to trash the victim throughout proceedings. This was the most disgusting part of it all as never once did she show concern for the victims family's rights. I said from very early on she was making biased rulings and stayed the course throughout. She disgraced the state of arizona and worse she spit in the face of the very judicial process she took oath to uphold!! A complete disgrace to the entire country!!! Thankfully, I am not a resident of arizona. I would be afraid to have any part of legal proceedings in fear of another judge like her!!! Get rid of this judge or pitiful excuse of a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1044
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm scheduled for jury duty 3-16-2015. After observing this judge there is no way I will waste my intellect and time only to be usurped by a bias judge. Not happening!! Jurors are asked to be impartial so why not the judge too? She's a black eye on all that is just.

Other

Comment #: AZ1043
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
sherry k stephens, during both trials, and personally yourself, you became "jodi ann arias" personal protector, "her" fairy godmother, to the point that you yourself became unlawful, unethical, and extremely, heavily, biased towards "her" and "her" defense team, that you went out of the way to insure that even a "stealth juror" remained in that deliberation room, knowing full well before hand that "she" was one from the very beginning. YOU are INDEED the worst judge in the history of our United States of America. you proved time and again who,s side you were on, when you should of been fully unbiased to both tables, been fair to both sides. Instead, you showed yourself as crooked as a broken stick. My uncle was a superior court judge, he followed the LAWS of our state, was truthful, honest, and was never, ever biased to any side of the tables, and what you did in your courtroom and chambers has made him and other honest hearted judges through our nation cry at your very lousy tenure as a fellow judge, and made mine turn in his grave with your lack of law abiding nature to the office of which you should of held dearly, but had crapped on
instead. But, what is worse through out this whole ordeal is, the very way and matter you treated the true victim,s family, the Alexander Family. you personally pissed and shitted directly on there rights in your courtroom by directly ignoring the Victim Bill of Rights through out both proceededings of the trials. You wouldn't even allow Travis Victor Alexander a kind word said about him in the second re-trial at all. I sincerely hope and pray that you are thoroughly investigated for your part in this mess you created, but, you have learned a thing or two from "arias and her defense team" on how to LIE convincingly, to get rid of evidence, to shred your duplicity in being unlawful, you have learned much from the expert of manipulation, cunning, conniving, evil, "person" you have taken as your own, "jodi ann arias". Now, sit back, relax, have a glass of Vodka, and pat your self on the shoulder, that you, nurmi, willmott, and de la rosa came up with a brilliant way to get "arias" off that death penalty for good. After all stephens, you were the director of this horror show you wanted to produce. Enjoy your rewards......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ1042
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I'm not a Arizona resident but she has allowed this trial to become a circus.

Other

Comment #: AZ1041
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She allowed the victim to be called a pedophile over and over again in her courtroom with no evidence to corroborate the claim by the admitted liar, jodi arias. Any justice was in lieu of judge Stephens. Thank god for juan martinez.

Other

Comment #: AZ1040
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
DESPICABLE! Arizona needs to get RID of Sherry Stephens. She clearly can't run a courtroom, and the Arias circus was not the only trial she has failed miserably! I'm glad I don't live in Arizona as I am not paying for this debacle!Sherry Steven's alone, failed the justice system and reduced the respect that must take place in a courtroom, to a laughing matter! Absolute mockery of justice!

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: AZ1039
Rating:1.0
Comments:
What a BIASED judge. And now, we are left with a stealth juror, crooked mitigation specialist, possible crooked defense team, possible crooked judge.

nurmi states in court that jodi arias will NEVER be put to death, NEVER. Did HE know about this stealth juror #17?

Judge stephens had private meeting with juror #17 early on.

11 jurors asked that #17 be removed due to refusal to deliberate; #17 asked to be taken off the case, judge stephens LEFT #17 instead of REMOVING her. Isn't that in the How To Be A Judge 101 manual?

About 27 SECRET ex-parte meetings with jodi & her scheme team, NO Juan.

States jodi is manipulative, YET she allows jodi to become her own SECRET witness and removes everyone from the court even though she knows it should NOT be done.

This was OBVIOUSLY a CORRUPT TRIAL done for the sole purpose of removing the DP as an option for the murderer jodi arias.

I do NOT REALLY expect or have faith that the State will conduct a REAL INVESTIGATION or DO ANYTHING to this OBVIOUSLY CROOKED juror #17, but I can HOPE something will be done.

Is the ENTIRE STATE OF AZ CORRUPT? I guess we will find out soon.

This juror REFUSED to deliberate, (juror misconduct), LIED about knowing anyone in the court, (Perjury-she knows mdlr, Perjury, ex-husband prosecuted by Juan Martinez), DISCUSSED CASE WITH husband then denied she discussed the case, (juror misconduct, Perjury), STEALTH JUROR, (juror misconduct x3).

Juror will clearly deny everything.

Will investigators check emails, social media, text messages, and phone calls to see exchanges from mdlr and others TO juror #17? LETS HOPE SO!

IMO, Judge, nurmi, wilmott, maria de la rosa, juror #17, and OTHERS need to be THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED!

Lets find out just how DEEP this corruption GOES!!!

If it had NOT been for crooked juror #17 REFUSING to deliberate & had #17 BEEN REMOVED from deliberations as she SHOULD have, verdict for jodi would have been the DEATH PENALTY.

jodi had no problems doling out a death penalty to Travis Alexander, and now is tweeting that those wanting the DP are an *embarrassment to America with our blood lust and murderous aspirations", yet she will not see what SHE did to Travis?

I have been a victim of DV, I have been beaten to within an inch of my life, I LIVED with my husband, we weren't 1000 miles apart! And HAD I been 1000 miles from him I surely would NOT have driven to SEE him much less KILL him!

I've been in relationships that ended, been rejected, but I NEVER considered MURDERING anyone for moving on. It happens!

Had someone FIXED this jury to give jodi the DP, the State of AZ would overturn the verdict in FAVOR OF jodi.

So someone DID FIX THIS JURY, to make sure jodi did NOT get the DP, and ALL that will happen is an INVESTIGATION, DENIALS, and the VERDICT, which was a MISTRIAL DUE TO FIXED JURY, will STAND?

HOW IS THAT JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILY?

It was 11 to ONE DIRTY JUROR for DEATH.

JUSTICE WOULD DEMAND THAT YOU GIVE jodi DEATH since she participated or benefitted from what her mitigation specialists' FRIEND, JUROR #17 did, be the hold-out vote to MAKE SURE the DP was NOT the verdict.

GIVE jodi the DP. Don't let this set a precedence in ALL your future cases, cuz it WILL!

And investigate just how DEEP and FAR this CORRUPTION WENT!

If I had to guess, I'd say the ENTIRE defense team AND the judge were in it to their necks.

AND PROSECUTE AND DISBAR, AND GIVE PRISON TIME TO ALL INVOLVED. They can all join hands with jodi in prison & sing KUM BA YAH!

WE THE PEOPLE WILL ALL BE WATCHING CLOSELY!

Other

Comment #: AZ1038
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Well, well. What's it gonna be stephens, when it comes to sentencing "jodi ann arias" on April 13th? LIFE WITH PAROL, or LIFE WITH OUT PAROLE for your pet "arias"? If you allow Kirk nurmi to have his way in only wanting LWP for "miss arias", then you have proven BEYOND any shadows of doubts, that YOU have been the defense shill through out this WHOLE court case. WE ALL know, how very much you have been taken in by "miss arias" through out this case, so much so, that every one has seen and felt your attachment to this convicted felon, so much so, that it's totally unhealthy for you, as the LAW go,s by. WE hope that you follow the LAW and not be a shill for the defense, again......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ1037
Rating:1.0
Comments:
1) Didn't have control of the courtroom,
2) dragged the trial out unnecessarily for months,
3) completely indifferent to the jurors lives - should have had the trial 5 days a week every week until completed.
4) Allowed endless sidebars
5) Allowed endless delays
6) allowed the 'trash the victim' strategy to be worse than any I have ever seen
7) Banned/Barred the media from the courtroom
8) No respect for the victim or the victim's family
9) horrible rulings.
10) Appeared blatantly in favor of defense, allowed things that should never have been allowed.
11) Stopped prosecution from presenting valid evidence
11) Incapable of running a DP trial

Other

Comment #: AZ1036
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I think the Jodi Arias retrial was one big joke. This Judge should have had court Monday thru Friday, 9 to 5. She also had Juror #17 in her chambers for a secret meeting, had complaints from the other juror's about #17 and did nothing about this juror. Surprise, surprise, look who the hold out juror was! This Judge never should have had a DP case, she clearly is against the DP. She showed more concern for the murderer than the victims. Let's hope she at least gives the murderer LWOP, if she gives her any chance of getting out in 25 yrs, she will have made it clear to everyone that she doesn't care about anyone but the murderer. She never should have allowed the defense to do all the things they did, she allowed them to rule the courtroom, bring in nothing but lies, ruin the reputation of a very good man, and turned her courtroom into a circus! There should be people in AZ hanging their heads in shame right now. She also should have been more than prepared to sentence JA as soon as the jury hung. How sad for the Alexanders to now have to wait another month! This Judge should be removed from the bench, I put all blame on her shoulders. Sad, very sad.

Other

Comment #: AZ1035
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I may not live in AZ but I am an avid trial watcher. In my opinion, no other judge would have given Jodi Arias and her sleazy defense team so much power.

Other

Comment #: AZ1034
Rating:1.0
Comments:
JSS needs an education on managing a court room for the sake of all concerned. She showed no respect for the jurors, the AZ tax payers, the victims family and least of all the victim. These people are all putting their lives on hold while the court allows delay after delay. How many of us can financially afford to live away from home for months with no income. This trial could have over in a reasonable amount of time if the judge had done her job . This includes handling motions and sidebars in the manner most judges do. SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR OTHERS LIVES!

Other

Comment #: AZ1033
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
stephens, I hope you are very, very pleased with the outcome you had worked soooooo very hard behind the scenes to insure your "pet arias" didn't get the death penalty. In fact mam, you directly tampered with juror #17 in your secret in chamber meeting along with nurmi. You damn well knew way ahead a time what that sentence verdict would be, and that should disbar you......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ1032
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She never had control of her court room. Her lack of experience in a Capital case and inability to get up to speed was evident from the beginning.

Other

Comment #: AZ1031
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the worst excuse for a judge I have ever seen. During the entire Jodi Arias trial and retrial Judge Stephens seemed to not be aware of what is the law, she seemed to be so afraid of being overturned that she gave the defense attorneys every single thing they asked for no matter how ridiculous it was. Example: Even though and ENTIRE tape recording of a phone conversation between Arias and the victim was ALREADY entered into evidence, this imbecile judge allowed the defense to enter a butchered version of the tape with ONLY the victim's statements. How ridiculous! The jury already had the ENTIRE version available to them. During the retrial, it was CLEAR that the defense was lying about their witnesses availability so that they could delay, delay, delay the trial, probably hoping to lose enough jurors for a mistrial. This idiot judge NEVER caught on until the last 2 weeks of the case when she FINALLY double checked and, low and behold, witnesses that the defense claimed were NOT available, were, in fact, available. Judge Stephens is a disgrace and never showed any control of her courtroom.

Other

Comment #: AZ1030
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
well there was a lot of rumbling about judge stephens from the get go and nothing was done.UN BELEIVABLE JUEY WAS NOT REPLACED EVEN MORE crazy is waiting over a month to give the sentence,judge is beyond~~~~~~

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1029
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Before the Jodi Arias trial ever began, Jodi threatened to ruin Travis Alexander's legacy & reputation, she threatened to ruin marriages, damage the Morman church and much more if she was not given a sweetheat deal. This judge allowed for every opportunity to do just that, without a scintilla of proof or truth to any of the allegations made by Jodi Arias & her defense team. That should never be allowed in a court of law that is supposed to be all about TRUTH & JUSTICE.
There was NO JUSTICE in the verdict today. 7 years of this travesty to reach an unjust verdict. This travesty falls squarely on the shoulders of this incompetent judge. She should have kept the control of her courtroom instead of turning it over to the defense.
Bottom line....today is a sad, sad day for justice in America. Myself and 99% of America are sick at heart. God Bless Travis Alexander & his family....Arizona justice system let them down horribly

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1028
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This jury was selected because they could impose the death penalty. This is one of the most brutal, heinous murders in history, and they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on death. What kind of crime warrants the DP if this doesn't????
Really? I can't even imagine what the hold out jurors saw that made them not give her death. Because her mother hit her with a spoon? Good going Judge Stephens. If you had handled the case like a professional judge, I believe the verdict would have been different. I hope she is demoted to traffic court!
My heart breaks for the Alexander family, and his MANY friends who suffered during these 2 trials, and will until the day they die. Unbelievable!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ1027
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I swear, if Judge Stephens doesn't give her life without parole...
Even Nancy Grace is almost in tears reporting this travesty of justice. Had Judge Stephens not handled this case the way she did, I believe the outcome would have been different. She should be disbarred for her behavior, and I pray there is some way she will be. God bless the Alexander family, today, and always. Heartbreaking.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1026
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the worst excuse for a judge I've ever seen. What she has done is reprehensible. The only thing I can say is get her off that bench before she makes more disasters in others lives.

Other

Comment #: AZ1025
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
JSS is a POS... She let JA & Co. DEFRAUD the COURT; she MUZZLED Juan Martinez; and, she PISSED all over the Alexanders. May JSS burn in HELL......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ1023
Rating:1.0
Comments:
DISGUSTING!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1022
Rating:1.0
Comments:
MAJOR FAIL IN EVERY AREA!

Court Staff

Comment #: AZ1021
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How this ignorant woman remains a judge after screwing up the Jodi Arias case is beyond me! Someone with authority over her needs to step in and disbar her. What a travesty of justice!

She allowed the reputation of an innocent victim to be absolutely trashed by the duhfense team. WHY? She had absolutely no control over her courtroom.

I wouldn't allow her to judge a dog grooming competition.

Other

Comment #: AZ1013
Rating:1.0
Comments:
she should have her license revoked a judge that never should have taking death penalty case she is disgrace to our system..

Other

Comment #: AZ1008
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I believe Judge Stephens,like all judges is committed to seeing justice upheld. I believe she is affording the fair trial she is entitled to and at the same time ensuring that all the t's are crossed and i's dotted to ensure the case is not overturned on appeal. That being said, I don't see her as havinh control over the courtroom. For instance witnesses are tellinng her when they will be there, causing yet another delay. Most judges supena the witness to appear and guess what thier callenders free up when the penalty is imposed for failure to appear. The sidebar issue is crazy, why not do the sidebars After days done and the jury is gone? Stay after court woth counsel to do your sidebars. The short weeks and breaks are something I've never seen. I doubt she will be elected again by the Arizona voters for another term if she doesnt show she can control the courtroom. I do worry about her ethics as judge after her unconstitutional act of closing a court from the public,and can only hope the Arizona commission on judidial performance has recieved complaints and are investigating this aspect. I would think that would have caused Superoors to replace her for the duratiom of the trial.

Other

Comment #: AZ1007
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is not a DP judge and should of not been on this case to start with, but to allow any attorney to put the victim on trial during the penalty phase, when the first trial showed he was not abusive is shameful! To allow attorneys to abuse witnesses
is shameful! This Judge was so bias to the defense team of a convicted murderer, you have to wonder if JSS has a personal relationship with someone on the defense team. And this DT Nurmi & Wilson were disgusting to watch, they turned this into a PORNO trial instead of what it was; "cold blooded murder"!

Other

Comment #: AZ1005
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is truly sad that the state of AZ has allowed this farce of a penalty phase for Jodi Arias to become a trial for Travis Alexander. The poor jury has more days/hours off than days/hours on. I believe the victim's family does have some rights, rights that are being trampled on. Today, the defense announced that their witness's are not available to testify at this time. One can start on 2/18 and another is not available until 2/25 or later. I would hope that Judge Sherry Stephens superior would step in and put a stop to the constant delays, endless motions, and very wasteful spending of taxpayer's money from this defense team! This so-called penalty phase was suppose to end 12/18/14...what a joke. This Judge and defense team have made a complete mockery of our judicial system and someone needs to step in and do something! There is a time and place for an appeal, I don't think that time is during the penalty phase. Stand up AZ, the entire world is watching (and getting very frustrated)! The penalty phase will be longer than the actual trial...there is something very wrong with that picture!

Other

Comment #: AZ996
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is pathetic. She allows the defense all the benefits and she is not fair. She is not considering the taxpayers in this expensive trial. She is biased for Jodi Arias and this judge should be removed from the bench. This judge has the backbone of a wet noodle and it is obvious that Justice is not part of her vocabulary. From watching her in TV in the previous trial I could see that she is a fan of Arias and Co.

Other

Comment #: AZ995
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I sincerely believe that HSKS has allowed herself to become the victim of the psychopathic defendant in the Jodi Arias trial. Her weak manner and inability to rule on most issues in a quick and firm manner has opened the door for a cunning amoral murderess to manipulate this Judge.
Confusion and chaos is the theme that has dominated the proceedings.
For the length of HSKS' tenure as an Az Judge, half of that time has included this case. 7yrs of delays, attorney musical chairs and meanwhile the murderer conducts a murderabilia business, has seemingly convinced her court appointed mitigation specialist to take on the additional tasks of her personal assistant, social media writer, giggling best friend forever...IN the court sessions no less.
I presume it's also the mitigation specialist that presented to HSKS the rancid lies in an affidavit from the cloaked "witness".
Circus is being kind to describe this outrageous trial and the responsibility lies solely with the presiding Judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ993
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Largely, I agree with Jeff Gold's assessmen, except that imo, Judge Sherry Stephens (JSS) is not fit to sit on the bench, adjudicating over a capital murder trial:-- for she has violated the US Constitution, when she allowed the convicted murderer to testify as a "secret witness" (when there are no National Security issues at stake); and, she has violated the AZ Victims' Bill of Rights by delaying this re-trial for over a year-and-seven-months following a series of inappropriate "ex-parte" meetings (not just one or two, but many); and, she has violated the AZ Rules of Disclosure by the Defense to the State, when she did not insist that the names & addresses of these witnesses be disclosed.

Moreover, JSS is unfit to sit on the bench due to her blatant lack of judicial impartiality; her inability to run a re-trial with even a modicum of decorum; and, her allowing JA & Co. to run amok. It is one thing for a judge to "bend over backwards" to give a defendant the right to put on a defense. It is another thing to hamstring the State and not even allow them to put on the state's case. JSS has precluded Juan Martinez from exposing the truth about Jodi Arias, a convicted murderer-- to an excessive extent, that other judges do not do:-- i.e. in the Bryan Wayne Hulsey capital murder trial, the defendant's animal abuse was cited in the penalty phase... JSS has not allowed Juan Martinez any mention of JA's animal abuse.

Finally, it is clear to conscientious trial watchers that JSS has allowed JA & Co. to put Travis Alexander on trial. This is not a mitigaiton case-- it's an appellate case-- and that is in violation of the rules governing a final penalty re-trial. The jurors are currently being asked to determine JA's guilt; not her penalty of the DP or Life, by virtue of the incompetent, biased, and corrupt manner that JSS is adjudicating over this nightmarish farce. Farce, because even if one could stretch the imagination to rationalize that Travis Alexander should be put on trial-- not Jodi Arias-- then shouldn't both sides be heard as to his character, since he is not alive to defend himself??? Jodi Arias brutally slaughtered him to death. Instead, JSS allows JA & Co. to malign the victim with bald-faced lies; perjurious testimony; and, false "affidavits".

Whereas, Juan Martinez is not allowed to expose that Travis Alexander was a kind and decent man (e.g. JSS wouldn't even allow Deanna Reid to say that Travis was a loving dog owner, who made provisions to leave his beloved dog, Napoleon, to her)... Why? Nothing good is being allowed in about Travis. And yet,when Juan Martinez can prove that Jodi Arias was a promiscuous slag, JSS precludes any testimony regarding Skank saying that she had "magic" in her panties, in response to Abe's comment that she was not wearing the Mormon's magic panties. Nothing about the fact that Skank convicted to Mormonism is allowed in-- which would show the hypocrisy inherent in the defense team's claim that somehow Travis Alexander & Deanne Reid were "sinful" for betraying their "vows of chastity"-- whereas, Skank banged every man who bought her a cup of coffee:-- and, ergo, Travis Alexander is portrayed in a negative light-- nothing good about him is allowed in. Skank is falsely painted as a nice, little saint-- and, nothing negative is allowed in about her.

Is this justice??? NO! It's injustice!!! JSS is an incompetent, biased, and corrupt judge-- and, although the AZ media is covering-up the "Omnibus Hearing" now postponed until May 2015-- JSS's collusion in engineering delays on behalf of the convicted murderer in order to give this brutal convicted murderer the chance to have her DP (if and when the jury is allowed to decide the matter) taken "off the table"; and thus, invalidating a potential jury decision, should they find for the DP, is wrong... it's wrong ethically, and I believe that it is wrong legally too!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ992
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Sherry K Stephens,may be trying to dot all her I`s and cross her t`s,, but she does Not know how to run that courtroom,, Despicable conduct that we all can see from our own homes, watching this travesty unfold. Does Judge Stephens not have any superiors, that can see what we see. So many before me have written more elegantly and knowledgeable than I can put in words.. I am just asking for Justice for the Alexander's and Faith restored in our Justice System, after this fiasco..

Other

Comment #: AZ987
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am in utter shock and disgust with what Judge Sherry Stephens is allowing in her court room presiding over the Jodi Arias trial...what a travisty of justice. she is so pro-defense its so blatantly obvious, not just in the U.S.,but worldwide! She has ignored our Constitution, which is bad enough,but shes had 27 ex-parte meetings with a convicted murderer JA M1..has coddled her,allowed the victim Travis Alexander to be smeared by hearsay,has not allowed Juan Martinez to bring in actual facts, isnt our courts suposed to be to tell the truth,the whole truth,and nothing but the truth,so help me God? why bother swearing a witness in under oath? an oath to who,for what? The defense team has made a mockery out of our court system, and Im almost ashamed of our country for the whole world is watching....everyone is watching with the exception of Judge Sherry Stephens superiors...whos paying who off...whose settling a debt with her? this is the biggest disgrace,and and her superiors have done nothing to stop this 3 ring circus of her pet Arias,and the DT! Makes me wonder what kind of superiors she has...are they as corrupt as she is? how about allowing some truth in that courtroom? allow the State witnesses to speak without gag orders...just shameful,disgusting and I think AZ has destroyed the American Constitution,and shamed the entire United States of America.

Other

Comment #: AZ981
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Stop the INSANITY in this judges courtroom. Az will go down in history of the absolute worst trial travesty EVER. Stevens needs to get a grip on her courtroom. What does Nurmi have on her anyway?

Other

Comment #: AZ978
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Someone in authority needs to explain to this woman on the bench that she is NOT on the court of appeals! Make a freaking decision, move on with relevant testimony and let the chips fall where they may on appeal. She is never going to get reelected after this debacle so she doesn't need to worry about her decisions being overturned. Enough of this joke of a trial. She is giving judges a bad name. She makes Ito look competent.

Other

Comment #: AZ973
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When is this judges superiors gonna do something about the circus the Jodi Arias trial has become? This judges lack of control over her courtroom is absurd! What an injustice to the victim and the Alexander family! Where are the victims rights? Why is the defense team allowed to retry a death penalty case as if it were a retrial, Jodi Arias is convicted for murder one, she slaughtered a good man yet this so called judge is allowing the defense team to run the show, present lies, yes proven lies on a daily basis! She won't allow the prosecutor to present a case or to cross examined witnesses called by the defense team. Who is gonna step in and make her do her job, as it stands now she's doing the defense's job with them as well as for them! The world is watching this and is laughing at the mockery being made of the American justice system, I for one have lost all respect for the Arizona justice system, it seems to me nobody it's willing to stand up and make this horrible judge do her job, run her courtroom the way it should be run. Come on now let's see someone in the Arizona court system grow a backbone and make her do her job not the defense job! I'm ashamed of this countries injustice system as a whole but Arizona your system is the worst I've ever seen! Judge Stephens and her superiors should be ashamed of yourselves

Other

Comment #: AZ972
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It appears she has no control of her court room. A convicted murder and her attorneys seem to be running the show and she is letting everything just roll however they want it to roll. This is the sentencing phase, not a retrial. Arizona's taxpayers money is just filing their pockets and they see no reason to hurry.. The slower they go, the bigger chance there is in losing more jurors, which in turn will mean Judge Stephens will get to make the final call.

Just like the applet court saying to release the documents of Jodi's secret testimony, she said we would get it today.. then today it was tomorrow, no it is Wed. She is breaking the law herself and personally, I feel she should face charges too

Other

Comment #: AZ971
Rating:3.0
Comments:
She needs a lot of help. I'm so embarrassed for her. She appears to be in over her head. Perhaps you have given are too large of a caseload because she can't get through a day's work and she is constantly taking breaks and days off. I've never seen anything like it in my life, & I worked in the Florida Court system.

Other

Comment #: AZ969
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge has made a circus out of the Arizona court system. She allows witness to be disrespectful to the prosecution, only holds court part-time, allows trivial delays and defense manipulation, and carries on proceedings in secret even after being corrected by higher courts. She should be removed from office.

Other

Comment #: AZ968
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Little to no control in courtroom, too many sidebars,wasting taxpayers money due to overall incompetence in the courtroom.

Other

Comment #: AZ960
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This case started in 2008 and I is still going on at the tax payers of Arizona's expense. Judge Stephens has lost control of the courtroom and it seems that this trial could go on another 10 years. When does it stop? Jodi Arias IS a CONVICTED MURDERER. It seems to me that they are retrying the case. I thought they were in the phase of determining her punishment not bringing up so called new evidence and retrying the case. Judge Stephens should be replaced and should never sit on another death penalty case. She needs to take her courtroom back and do her job.

Other

Comment #: AZ959
Rating:1.0
Comments:
all evidence gives the appearance of the convicted running the court

Other

Comment #: AZ957
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Who drew the straw for this incompetent Judge to be assigned to this trial? He/she needs to have their head examined! Sherry K. Stevens: biased, incompetent, demands nor commands respect, or authority in her courtroom, and has no respect for the Jurors! She maybe able to handle Traffic Court but, that's about it. Has no respect for the victim, yeah does she remember the victim "Travis Alexander" and what about Travis Alexander's family? If and when this Circus Train Trail ever reaches a finality, if I were the Alexander's I would sue Sherry K. Stevens, for everything in the legal book allowed...and news flash they will WIN!

This is an outrage that this trial would ever take this long 7 years!! She couldn't even explain to the first jury their full instructions. Now, this jury has been ranked on a chain from the inception...they will drop-off and then what? Sherry K. Stevens, is responsible for this entire fiasco to the point of disbarment!

Sherry K. Stevens, has made a mockery of the US Judicial System. She allows this defense team to file motion after motion after motion with no validity but to waste the courts time and loose the jury! This is a Retrial and seriously any seasoned or competent Judge would have had this completed in 2 weeks max! Why has this so-called Judge allowed a sociopathic killer (already convicted of 1st Degree Especially Cruel & Heinous Murder) and her defense team free to drag this trial on for so long and not to mention why they have had free rein to slander an innocent man without any evidence I mean seriously "no proof" ??

What real Judge would not place a "Gag Order" on the defendant from the get go? She has allowed this defendant, to do TV interviews, used the news media, social media, and her outside "Kool-Aide" drinking supporters to use Twitter, sell art work, etc. This is ludicrous!

What real Judge would allow the defendant to sit in the court room and snare, laugh, doodle, flip the bird and totally disrespect the State's Prosecutor? Well, the answer is "NONE"

Sherry K. Stevens, needs to be removed from the bench and her robe completely stripped!

Other

Comment #: AZ956
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It should be sherry k stephens who should be paying out of her pockets the price of those transcripts. After all, due to her continued mismanagement, ineffective, inept, heavy biasement towards the defense and "arias" herself, this penalty RE-TRIAL would have been fully over by December 18-2014 as she stated it would of been, had she done what the LAW REQUIRES, instead of constantly cow-towwing to "arias" and "her defense hacks". There for, stephens is at full blame for this mess she created......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ955
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How can the Judge now want to charge $400 for transcripts in the Arias case? The Judge erroneously denied the public the right to hear the testimony, courts have stated she made a mistake and now that we can have them, people must pay for her mistake? Another joke for the public to bear.

Other

Comment #: AZ954
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am very thoroughly confused here about this "sentencing penalty re-trial" of one convicted felon "jodi ann arias" in judge sherry k stephens courtroom. Is it about pornography or mitigating factors???? Pornography IS NOT A MITIGATING FACTOR IN A PENALTY RE-TRIAL. There for judge sherry k stephens should have thoroughly denied this to have been even brought up in her courtroom at all. With her allowing all this to have been, I wonder who really wanted to hear juicy lies of pornography in her courtroom???? If pornography was to used in ALL COURTROOMS AGAINST ANY ONE, THEN EVERY ONE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WOULD BE THOROUGHLY GUILTY OF THIS CRIME, OF WHICH IS "'"NO CRIME AT ALL"'". It was "jodi ann arias" who put ALL THAT PORNOGRAPHY ON TRAVIS VICTOR ALEXANDER,S computer, or else why was "she" ssoooo very dead set to bring up all this in this final penalty RE-TRIAL? Because it's "her" continued smear campaign against a man who wasn't even dating "her" and refused to take "her" to Cancun Mexico, of which "she" was once on that travel ticket, but was removed after he broke up with "her". That's why "she" viciously, cruelly, and evilly with premeditation murdered Travis Victor Alexander for. "she" didn't get what "she" wanted. So, what and why is even a letter of pornography being said in this penalty RE-TRIAL???? There,s NO MITIGATERS for "arias" in this regard, NONE!!!! judge sherry k stephens should of not allowed this pornography to have been said in this courtroom. Stephens ruling on this was ALL WRONG, get her off this bench, as she has more then shown her hand to laying directly on the convicted felon,s shoulder and siding with "her" through out this whole court trial......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ953
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge has absolutely no control over her courtroom. She is allowing a convicted murderer and Nurmi to run this retrial. Allows Nurmi to file motion after motion to cause more delays. They had two weeks over the holiday break to file motions, but Nurmi waits until Monday of this week to file yet again, another motion! Thank God the SC has real judges presiding, and ruled immediately! Nurmi didn't get his way, finally, and is now throwing his fits, and JSS allows it!! All this time the jurors and the Alexander's continue to come to court only to be sent home. No courtesy or concern for them, their lives, or their families. In the meantime, Nurmi, Wilmott, and the rest of the murderers council continue to charge the state of Az for their time. What have you paid so far, about 3 million?? This is an embarrassment and disgrace to all the citizens of Az. Maybe if JSS had to contribute her OWN money to this convicted murderer defense, she would see the need to move this RETRIAL swiftly! What say you??

Other

Comment #: AZ952
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Can't believe how broken the judicial system in AZ is. I have followed the AriASS trial from day one, and I am ashamed and embarrassed to say the least. First off everyone knows 99.9% of serial killers start with injuring/killing animals, we all heard about "doggy boy" the killer says she kicked and it "ran away" no she killed that dog, we all are aware of the two cats she abused, her mother she kicked and hit and even hit her own brother in the head with a bat, but this was not allowed in court. YET the AriASS team can accuse an innocent man of being a pedophile with no proof other then a proven pathological compulsive liars word and thus years after using other BS stories. The world is aware AriASS was hacking into all of Travis's accounts his computers, banks, facebook, my space etc... more then likely while pretending to be smart enough to play her own attorney she hires a dirty PI with a not so stellar record, and poof porn is now mysteriously showing up on Travis's computer? Well what about when the stalker broke into Travis's house and was found by a good friend of Travis's on HIS COMPUTER and baking cookies? What about the stalker sneaking in his doggy door, or peeking in his windows, or following him on dates, slashing his tires etc... yet you allow a freaking lying P.O.S to try and tarnish a mans character after brutally and viciously murdering him, and why? Because if that ho could not have him she was not letting anyone else. How about allowing "it" to testify in secret so the world does not witness her 4th, or 5th set of lies? And then the "computer expert" the new hired gun Wormi has testifying will perjury charges be filed since he is lying under oath? He was asked his name and Sherry (no judge by any means) once again calls for a recess so Wormi can coach this fake on how to lie, he answers "Smith" we all know that is a lie so why is Sherry allowing someone knowingly to perjure themselves in her court? She is in love with either WillMOUNT, Hoochie-Cougarlious elder, Hodi the killer or Wormi.... something is NOT right in that court room and I think all the lying, dirty, scum bag duhfense attorneys and the Sherry should be investigated, and made to pay the State back for all the money they are making while frauding the system.

Other

Comment #: AZ950
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Indecisive, which is the epitome of what not to be in a judge. Unable to control the courtroom and the case. She has great difficulty in setting deadlines and worse, when she does and they aren't met, just resets another. She hold "moot court" every day in that she fails to simply rule of objections and move the case forward. Gets drawn into timely sidebars, the likes I've never seen. Fails to direct a witness to answer a questions when he/she doesn't want to with regard to objections and then finds it appropriate to direct the State to rephrase. She has no control of witness behavior and allows them to testify beyond scope and behave inappropriately in front of juries. Criminal court is NOT where she should work.

Other

Comment #: AZ949
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Isn't there a ZERO star rating? Maybe I'll give her one star for turning up to court. Appalling example of a Judge. Consistent. However, in her case, consistently biased behavior in favor of a convicted murderer and her immoral Defense Team. Let her retire and never to heard from in Courts of Arizona again.

Other

Comment #: AZ948
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The blatant disrespect this person allows in her courtroom towards the victim's (Alexander) family, prosecutor, jurors is outrageous. In the months this penalty phase, I believe there has only been 20 days testimony. Jurors show up and are sent home, with maybe a day of testimony (if they're lucky). Multiple duplicate motions are continually allowed to be filed by defense. This judge has had numerous "secret" meetings with Jody Arias in her quarters. Allows defense to sit & giggle while prosecutor is up. That is, when he gets a chance. There are now 3 witnesses he has had no chance to cross. Unfortunately, I can go on and on.

Other

Comment #: AZ947
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Whoever gave this "judge" this particular case should be fired for not knowing their staff well enough to know she is totally incompetent.

Other

Comment #: AZ946
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the worse judges I have ever seen. She has no control of her courtroom. I do not understand how she is allowed to continue. She is the poorest excuse for a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ945
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What other murder trial has gone on for 7 years ? When does the Alexander family get their closure? JA has been found GUILTY of murder because of evidence proven. This trial is a disgrace !! I cannot believe the people of Arizona have not protested this trial and is allowing the state to waste their money. This judge should be ashamed of herself for what she is allowing this defense to get away with.Judge Stephens I just hope if and when the time comes that you have to make the decision you find it in your heart to never let this defendant out on the streets again !! Hopefully the jury will do this, if there is anyone left by the time this trial comes to an end.Get control of your courtroom and DO YOUR JOB !!!

Other

Comment #: AZ944
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Message to Judge Sherry Stephens: We, the public have a right to know. Does Nurmi really rattle you to the point that you continue to cave in to him on a daily basis? You say ‘no more delays’ but you do the opposite! And here we sit most every day with a dark courtroom, just as we had this week. And this is after more than a two week break.

Are you in charge of this trial or is Jodi Arias in charge of her own trial? It seems that she is calling all the shots behind the scenes. If so, why does it seem like this trial continues to go backwards instead of moving forward? SOMEBODY……somewhere has to have the answers to all of these questions?

To put it bluntly, we are at our rope’s end. Remember when you assured us that there would be no more delays? Who the heck were you talking to? And which trial were you talking about? You may have announced that but you have yet to fulfill it.

You might as well put Jodi Arias in your seat and let her run this trial from the bench because she’s sure running it while sitting at the counsel table with Nurmi and Wilmott! Are you forgetting that she is a convicted murderer? Do you remember the autopsy photos of Travis Alexander? Did they not even cause you to flinch? What about Travis' family? You seem to have blocked them out of your thoughts or concerns. Shame on you!

Who in the history of trials has managed to testify in ‘secret’ behind closed doors, besides Arias? Locking out both the media and the public? Perhaps if you are in a Witness Protection Program, with your life truly threatened and in danger, you ‘might’ be able to testify in secret. But that a rarity!!!! If it’s just for a sadistic murderer like Jodi Arias who is changing her story AGAIN in front of this new jury, that’s hog wash! She says she fears for her life? Who the heck from? NO! She has concocted yet another scenario as to why she killed Travis and it is a set of more lies she is spewing, just like she has from the day she was arrested. And you, the judge that 'should' be in charge of this trial is allowing her to do so.

Bottom line, we have lost faith in your guidance. I can’t imagine what the jurors must be thinking about now. You have disrupted their lives since October, assuring them the trial would end by Dec.18th and here we are today, nowhere near completion of this trial. How sad is that? I pity these jurors who are just carrying out their civic duties.

Where do you even begin to try and put this trial back together? It's in shambles! And quite frankly, our faith in you to do the right thing has been shot to hell.

The real victim in all of this has been brushed aside and forgotten. When is the last time any of you have spoken Travis Alexander’s name unless you were trashing him? Give him the respect he so deserves. Show some compassion for his siblings and family members. They are the victims that are being shunned right now.

We stand united for the Alexander family and we will continue to be the voice for Travis until his voice is finally heard. No matter how long that takes! We are simply seeking justice for Travis. What is your agenda?

Other

Comment #: AZ942
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thi Judge is a embarrassment to pur justice system She is one sided an d that is with the murder not the victim she allows hearsay and bs from jodi Jaun cant get no evidence in he cant even do a cross without the judge calling a recess This judge is allowing a convicted murder to run the court room and waste AZ tax money the poor jurors are never in court its usually cancelled lucky if they get 2days of testimony a week ughhhhhhhh

Other

Comment #: AZ941
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It is too bad that she can only be rated on a scale of 1-10. She is much closer to a -100 than any person I've ever watched in a trial. She makes Ito look like a real judge! The people of Arizona must be so embarrassed and angry at what is going on (or rather what is not going on) with this trial and the money spent on it. Any judge in America that closes a trial like she did (especially for a convicted killer that she admits manipulates people) should be fired on the spot! Did she miss the class in High School Civics about the US Constitution? Her cohorts must be appalled to admit they work with or for her. Sliminess and incompetence are expected from defense attorneys but professionalism is expected from judges. I hope the judicial system of Arizona will apologize publicly for her if/when this ends. Shame on all involved.

Other

Comment #: AZ940
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a disgrace,she allows hearsay from defense witness,rude remarks towards Mr Martinez,does not do her job.Wow maybe she can get a couple of hours of court in once a week [maybe ].To top it off allows secret testimony,what is going on with THAT??

Other

Comment #: AZ938
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I don't understand why Judge Stephens is allowing the defendant , Jodi Arias convicted murder, run her court. Has she become ill and not
Aware of her responsibilities? Since the first day
Of this trail she has held only Eight (8) days of
Court. I am glad I not a taxpayer in AZ. Or a juror.

Other

Comment #: AZ937
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The way Judge Sherry Stephens allows deceased murder victims and their family's to be victimized all over again in her courtroom is unconscionable. This trial has been a circus from the beginning, she needs to be over thrown! Let a real judge in there to handle the Jodi Arias trial! The Alexander's have suffered enough. It is too painful to witness anymore.

Other

Comment #: AZ936
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I believe this is Judge Stephen's style. Hands off if I may, and let the attorneys try their cases. However, I think there should be limits and boundaries. It's clear that the defense team is doing everything in their power to avoid the death penalty but when they file a motion, the judge must address it and rule on it. Maybe she is letting them file all these motions until they are exhausted and nothing will come back on appeal. Is she violating constitutional rights? Or is she just allowing the rights of the defense so this case does not get overturned or dismissed. I just can't believe they would allow her to continue presiding over this case if she was doing such a horrible job. If I were to rate her on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give her a 7. I just want justice for Travis and the Alexander family.

Other

Comment #: AZ935
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am a outraged Arizonian! all I have to say is Sherry K. Stephens is not even a1. I no longer refer to her as Judge, she has become an embarrassment to the State of Arizona.. This trial should have been over months ago, she has let this trial cost myself, and other tax payers of Arizona, millions of dollars with all the delays and no end in sight. She has let this trial become a circus, there is no control in the courtroom, She has let so much disrespect go on in the courtroom toward the prosecutor, and Alexander family (THE TRUE VICTIMS IN THIS CASE ) The only injustice going on here is the injustice to Travis, and the Alexander family and the taxpayers of Arizona, I pray to God, that somebody steps in and stop this fiasco from going on any further, and that Travis and the Alexander family finally get Justice they so truly deserve, something they should of had months ago.

Other

Comment #: AZ934
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Judge, Sherry Stelpens is Very Very Biased Towards the Defense and She allows the Defense Witnesses to Be Disrespectiful to The Prosecutor and She Does Absolutely Nothing about It. The Prosecutor Represents The Court and No Form of Disrespect should be Tolerated By The Judge. The Jurors has Jobs, Family and a Life that Judge Stephens does not have any Regars or Respect for. She Obviously wants a Mistrial so she can give the Convicted Killer, Jodi Arias a Very Light Sentence. She is Abusing Taxpayers Money and She should Step Down From This Trial Which Obviously She Cannnot Handle!!!! Please Remove Her From This Case so A Competent Judge can Take Over and Move This Trial Along in a Prosessional and Timely Manner!!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ933
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I rate Hon. Sherry K. Stephens as completely biased toward the defendant Jodi A. Arias. It is deplorable how she lets the defense team depict Mr. Alexander as a bad person. He was not and certainly did not deserve to die such a brutal and horrifing death at the hands of that monster Ms. Arias. Please do not let this judge sentence Ms. Arias because she is ruling everything in Arias' favor and I feel she is hoping for a mistrial so she will give Arias' a lighter sentence. Judge Stephens is making a mockery of the American judicial system. Ms. Arias is a very dangerous person and should be punished with LWOP for the rest of her awful life.

Other

Comment #: AZ932
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How on earth can the Superiors over Judge Sherry Stephens sit back and do nothing to get this train-wreck of a trail back on track? Does anyone above her even care that Arizona has become the laughing stock of the United States Judicial system? This is now the 3rd witness testifying for the defense when the state has not even been given the opportunity to cross examine them! Plus, with this one, (clearly not an 'expert' as claimed, since he does not even have a 'trained' background), has not even been questioned by the Prosecutor in advance of his testimony! But he is allowed to go on the stand and claim to be an 'expert'? Judge Sherry Stephens has allowed frivolous accusations and delays to take this SENTENCING phase of the Jodi Arias trial into the second year! Why is she still allowed to preside over this mockery of a trial? We, the public, do not understand where the Justice is in this travesty of a train-wrecked trial. Jodi Arias is CONVICTED of Murder in the first, with the factor of extreme cruelty and she is inmate #458434, but she is being allowed to manipulate the entire Superior Court, this Judge, the Appeals Court and proceedings. All with the own Judge's testimony given to the Appeals court that she sees the 'manipulation', but let her testify in SECRET before the Jury.

Then, the Jurors, God bless them, are being held hostage by this Judge and defense team. They were told the trial would end by Dec. 18th, but look...today is Jan.8th, with no end in sight. Should they be forced to serve indefinitely, for maybe another year? They nor the real victim's family are not being considered at all, ever, during this trial.

Where are the Superiors over Judge Sherry Stephens? Why can't you do something to put a competent Judge over these proceedings???

Other

Comment #: AZ930
Rating:1.0
Comments:
At this point I've decided it may as well be Jodi Arias sitting up at the bench and deciding the case. This phase of the trial reveals that Stephens is a terrible Judge and needs to be replaced.

Other

Comment #: AZ928
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Why is this woman still on the bench in the Arias trial? She is either totally over her head with this or she is completely biased for the defense. In the beginning I believed it was the former but the longer this circus continues, I believe it is the latter. Shame on her superior(s) for allowing this to continue.

Other

Comment #: AZ925
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Minimal court days and way too many delays which shows little consideration for the victims family and jury.

Too much secrecy in a public trial between countless sidebars and secret testimony by a convicted murderer.

"Expert" witnesses allowed to be disrespectful, argumentative and hostile with prosecutor.

Defense not producing evidence to prosecutor when instructed to do so and changing witnesses at the last minute without informing the court or prosecutor.

Defense putting (and tax payers paying for) a computer expert on the stand who turns out not to be an expert.

And this is just a normal day in this Judges courtroom..... as the world watches

Other

Comment #: AZ924
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unqualified to serve, this judge does not control her courtroom and has not shown the proper knowledge of the constitution, procedures and laws.

Other

Comment #: AZ920
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is a laughing stock, not to mention her obvious prejudice toward the defense team in the Jodi Arias penalty re-trial. She needs some direction from someone much more learned and experienced than she.

Other

Comment #: AZ919
Rating:1.0
Comments:
DISGUSTING! Good thing she wears a robe because I don't think she could decide on her wardrobe let alone the RIGHTS of anyone! Defendant or VICTIM! Why she allows defense to completely villify a VICTIM of such a heinous crime as this is beyond belief. Too boot, this woman has already been CONVICTED! What is she REALLY afraid of by making the LOGICAL decisions of a law abiding speaker of the people? Amazes me that the state of AZ actually pays her for this full blown circus that SHE and the defense team have created. SAD, SAD, SAD!

Other

Comment #: AZ918
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Sherry Stephens has allowed the Jodi Arias defense attorneys to make a mockery of our justice system. I have never seen a judge allow such shenanigans to go on in a courtroom. She has let the defense attorneys and their witnesses be so disrespectful to the prosecuting attorney.
A judge is not suppose to be bias to either side and is suppose to make sure the attorneys are held accountable. I have never seen a judge kick everyone out of the courtroom so a CONVICTED murderer could testify in private. We are suppose to have a open courtroom unless there is extenuating circumstances.
This judge needs to learn how to control the courtroom. This case should have been over a long time ago and it would have been if judge Stephens controlled her court like judge Belvin Perry. He is tough but fair and that is the way the justice system is suppose to work.

Other

Comment #: AZ916
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This has been the longest drawn out trial that I have ever witnessed in person or on trial television. At first, I thought Judge Stephens was being over cautious in allowing things into this trial in fear of being over-ruled in appeal process. We all know that this trial will continue into appeal regardless of penalty verdict. Judge Stephens has allowed defense witnesses to chastise the prosecutor and ignore the yes or no questions and ignoring the "finger" and "throat slicking" antics of Jodi Arias during the first trial. Ms. Arias has already been found guilty of premeditated murder with cruelty. Why is so much being re-tried instead of mitigating factors for death or prison with/without parole?? The defense team seems to be dragging this penalty phase out in hopes of losing jurors and thus having to be called a mistrial. There has been so many days of trial suddenly being cancelled. There appears to be NO consideration for the jurors or the murdered victims families. And, I feel sure that Judge Stephens was aware prior to allowing Jodi Arias "the secret witness to testify" with closed court was totally inappropriate. The "sidebars" ... are far too numerous to tally up. This is deplorable. Judge Stephens should have more control of her courtroom. Basically I find much that has been allowed to occur is a miscarriage of justice. Both of these trials - guilty portion that Ms. Arias finally admitted to and this penalty trial has become a fiasco. Truly both of these trails have become an embarrassment to Arizona's and our nation's justice system. :'( I truly pray that the Arizona Bar will investigate both of these Jodi Arias trials, being judicially supervised by Judge Stephens, and a harsh reprimand be enacted or remove her from the bench. Where is .. JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE in this Maricopa County Superior Court??????

Other

Comment #: AZ913
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She appears to be biased toward Jodi Arias & her defense team, preferring to pander to their desires as opposed to moving Justice along. Arias has already been convicted so this trial for "mitigation" should have been over already. Get on with the actual mitigation, eliminate the defense smoke & mirrors antics & let the jury decide already!

Other

Comment #: AZ912
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is totally the most bizarre trial I have ever followed and I have watched too many to count!!!! I can Not believe that Nothing has been done to either have this woman get her act together or be removed! I honestly thing she should ge replaced by a judge with experience at DP cases! This was not the trial she should have been given as her first DP case! At first I said that it was because of her being careful because of an appeal! I can no longer allow myself to think this way anymore! She is in way over her head and someone needs to go and out this back in order! Juan knows more than her and she is just lost at this point! I cannot believe the citizens of Arizona are Not protesting the amount of money that is not being spent!!! This judge is showing so much favoritism toward the defense and the jury can clearly see it! She is disrespecting the jurors and the Family those who should really matter!!!! I cannot believe this is all taking place for a sentencing!!!! Please, please, please send someone in to put this train back on the track....does some higher authority not See what is happening here.... If u ask All the people around the world that has any interest in this case what they think it is unanimous Judge Stevens can Not handle this case!!!!! She would not allow cameras in the courtroom because of the defense? Well I think it was also so people could see what a horrible job she is doing and In my opinion she is ruining her career!!!!!! HELP REMOVE HER NOW!!!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ911
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This trial should be long over and Travis' family should be at peace! This so called judge needs to be reeducated. She has no respect for her own court, I'm not sure how she sleeps at night, knowing that she is hurting the Alexander family and the jurors! But the convicted murderer is happy with this fiasco and that seems to be fine with this judge! I think her reasoning may be that if she doesn't entertain all these motions, Arias' death would be on her hands! Wrong thinking judge Stevens! CONTROL THIS COURT, IT'S your job and duty! At the very least ACT LIKE YOU KNOW HOW TO BE A JUDGE!

Other

Comment #: AZ910
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have never seen a judge let a witness talk to a prosecuting attorney the way Sherry Stevens does. Also get on with the trial. The jury deserves that.

Other

Comment #: AZ908
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Even one star is to much for this Judge. She is clearly Biased and in defense favor. She allows the Defense and a convicted Murderer run her court room. She lies to the jury about no more delays, Trail over at a certain time all the while she does nothing but delays with no consideration for the victim, his Family, the tax payers of AZ and yes the Jury. She allows the Defense witnesses to lie under oath, disrespect the Prosecutor, in any form and shape they can, make a mockery of the trial and prosecutor. It seems that this so called judge does not know the difference between a sentencing phase and a retrial. Sentencing phase should be done a long time ago but yet she allows the defense to yet again bash the victim, spread more lies as they go along, bring in more bogus evidence and start a whole new trial. This Judge is not smart enough to see how the murderer is playing the whole court system. As an example: In original trial there was no porn found on Mr Alexander's computer. Even the own defense experts said so. Now all of sudden AFTER the murderer had access to all evidence while claiming she wants to represent herself porn after porn is found on the computer. And how convenient that she is the one who brought it to defense attention when in first trial it was never brought up. Now the whole trial is concentrating on what we the people on the outside call the Porn gate, that has Absolut nothing to do with the sentencing phase but in the appeal, instead of sentencing this already convicted killer. This is a sentencing phase not a retrial. Yet This incompetent Judge let it go on and on and let the killer and her Defense team run the court and run her the so called Judge. While the Defense is cashing in and most likely becoming millionaires, the family of the victim has to struggle financially to get to and from AZ to find Justice for their Brother. Judge does not even have the backbone of removing Maria Del La Rosa from the court after this woman was caught smuggling stuff out of jail for the killer. What a shame this Judge is.She needs to be removed from the court and a competent real Judge needs to take over before the State of AZ goes bankrupt. It is time for somebody with higher authority to step in and take over and remove a Judge that clearly has no clue what she is doing. Yes I am vending, because I am angry, angry that this is going on for so long when it should been only days or a few weeks at least to sentence this brutal killer and not be allowed a new retrial. It goes about DP or Life with or without parole not about a whole new retrial.Nurmi should NOT be allowed to make such a mockery out of the court system. He should be held in check for all of his shenanigans. Somebody please step in and end this shame of a trail.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ907
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Stephens is not competent and should not be in a criminal courtroom. She seems over her head, insecure ab appears to comprehend little of what is happening in her courtroom. She has no control over attorneys, witnesses, the jury or spectators. Her courtroom is a disrespectful circus. She appears very pro defendant in the Arias case, squandering endless time and money, delays, sidebars, secrecy. The Arias penalty phase is in shambles because she has no control of the defense whatsoever. She is not competent and the defense is plying their strategy to.destabilize this trial with motions, delays. Judge Stevens is at the mercy of an unethical defense . Have been before many judges and have never seen such insecurity and incompetence She has violated the code of judicial conduct and needs to be taken off the bench in this case.

Other

Comment #: AZ906
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has proven herself to be a disgrace to the judicial system. She can't/won't make a ruling to save her life. She is allowing Nurmi to run the courtroom. She, and the defense have NO respect for the jurors or the victims family. This jury was told when they were chosen that this retrial would run until Dec 18th. When that didn't happen and Juan Martinez reminded the court of the date, Nurmi leaps up and says they NEVER agreed on that date! He is also a disgrace to the law! He has wanted off this case forever, and because he didn't get his way he is filing motion after motion to stall the process while getting richer and richer off YOUR tax dollars!! Something needs to be done. I have never seen a convicted murderer, 1st degree!, have so much power and control over her own retrial! This judge is weak, cannot make a decision, and needs to go. Nurmi, Wilmott, and Maria all need to be sanctioned for their underhanded antics, lying, and total lack of respect for the judicial process. Once again, they act this way because this judge is allowing it! She is afraid of them! The world is watching and they are appalled at what they are seeing!

Other

Comment #: AZ905
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is a disgrace...my opinion is short and to the point!!

Other

Comment #: AZ904
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
the entire world is watching this case and Judge Stephens is an embarrassment. She has no control over her court room, its a circus, the Arias case is costing us, the Az taxpayers a fortune, someone needs to take control of the courtroom and get this sentencing done, over with, defense team is playing her like a violin

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ903
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I know I don't live there so you probably will not do any thing, but as a citizens of the United States where we are supposed to have the best justice system this judge is the worst not one of the worst the worst she is so for this murder and no one will step in and remove her why not? this is so unjust I know we are not the only ones that can see this please take time and listen to us just for a few min read some of the things this so called judge jss is doing please for justice sake

Other

Comment #: AZ902
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She cannot make decisions regarding motions in a timely manner she kicks the can down the road constantly. She is weak with no back bone allows the Defense team to disrespect the state and the jury

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ901
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her actions in the Jodie Arias trial appears to show that she is in way over her head, has no control over the Defense, allows verbal attacks on the prosecute from witnesses...the constant delay tactics by the Defense..the disregard for the hurors and their lives...this trial needed a strong judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ900
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Someone please take control of this judicial mess. I really have to believe and hope that her superiors are on top of this and taking action! The most important factor is results for the Travis Alexander Family! Or did you forget about them JSS?

Other

Comment #: AZ898
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Actually I would say she has no business being a Judge at all,let alone a death penalty Judge,I never have seen a trial take three years to reach a sentence she needs to be removed period

Other

Comment #: AZ895
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is bending to the demands of the defense by allowing motion after motion, almost on a daily basis to stall the Arias trial. When the defense objects, it is almost an immediate side bar. This sentencing trial should have ended a long time ago and not be a retrial of the original trial in which the defendant was found guilty. She needs to be removed from the bench.

Other

Comment #: AZ894
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has let the defendant and the defense run the court room. She has lost sight of justice in this case and forgot that this defendant has already been found guilty of a horrible, horrible murder. Also, she seems to think she is hearing an appeals case, not a sentencing case. She needs to get this trial moving and step down from the bench as she has no clue how to run a court room and reach an end to a case. Not to mention running up millions and millions of dollars that the tax payers are having to foot the bill for in this circus. I have never heard of a trial being dragged out for so long or made such a mockery of the judicial system.

Other

Comment #: AZ893
Rating:2.0
Comments:
For the sake of Travis Alexander and his family this trial has become a joke. Seems the 'convicted murderer' herself is running the trial. There is absolutely no respect for the jurors and every defense motion seems to be granted. No matter how outrageous. Even closing the courtroom soooo Arias can testify in
Private. Sickening, scary and simply a
Travesty.

Other

Comment #: AZ891
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Defense attorneys will continue to play dirty until the end of time. The judge who allows such latitude as in the case is extremely unprofessional. She doesn't appear capable of drawing a line, and continues to allow the defense to delay. Allowing the disrespect shown to the prosecutor, and consequently herself, demonstrates her inability to control a courtroom and obtain justice. She is shamefully inadequate, incapable, and incompetent. DO YOUR JOB!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ890
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The trial for the killer of Travis Alexander should of been finished by now. Jody Arias is very manipulative and I think she believes she is running this trial. Everytime another motion is filed by the defense I believe it comes from Jody Arias. The judge appears to favour the defense but this trial is about getting Justice for Travis Alexander and his murder not for the murderer. I watched the first trial from the beginning everyday watching the judge allowing the defense to run the courtroom instead of the judge. She the judge ran her courtroom as though frightened what the defense planned. It is her court she needed to move things along not allowing the defense's opinion influence her thoughts and actions. Now we are into the sentencing phase. She the judge looks bored and tired as she holds her head in her hand and almost lays her head down as she allows the defense run her courtroom. Delays and more delays too many. No respect for the Alexander family nor for the jurors who have all taken time from their lives to be there everyday. This judge needs to move this along please bring Justice to Travis.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ884
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Why is the convicted killer permitted to laugh, sneer and roll her eyes at the prosecutor, why is she allowed to flip the bird so often or at all, why are the defence allowed to roll eyes, smirk, laugh etc., why are the defence witnesses permitted to be rude, hostile, evasive, why is the defendant twitting about the prosecutors height, personality, charactor ?? Why have the killer and her defence been free to drag this trial on for so long using nonsense reasons and why have they been free to slander an innocent man without proof or any evidence ?

Other

Comment #: AZ883
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has let the Jodi Arias trial become a "circus", it's not the media, the judge has let this happen by showing her bias toward Jodi Arias and the defense team. She allows the defense to have all these "tantrums" in a court of law, she allows defense witnesses to shake hands with the defendant, she does not control her courtroom, I think she is a disgrace as a judge. We've had other high profile cases, but the judges in those cases had control of the courtroom. Judge Stephens should be ashamed of her loss of control and her allowing a convicted murderer to run her courtroom!

Other

Comment #: AZ882
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is in over her head with this case.
She's had NO control over this courtroom from day one. Allowing defendant's friends & family to eat & drink & laughing in the courtroom as though they were at a party, is disrespectful & a disgrace. Someone needs to step in & remove her & get a No-Nonsense Judge whom is experienced in there. What a Mochary of our Justice system this is!

Other

Comment #: AZ880
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge lost control over her courtroom from the onset. Endless sidebars, court never started on time, disrespectful witnesses , laughing in the courtroom, all due to this judge's inability to stand firm, take control., and move this trial along. The cost to AZ taxpayers of over $2.7 million and growing, is directly related to her inability to handle a DP case. This trial has become a total travesty of justice with no end in sight.

Other

Comment #: AZ878
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Stephens needs to go back to school or get retrained how to handle a murder case. This is only suppose to be the Death penalty phase and she is letting the defense retry the case and bring in new stuff that shouldn't be allowed.Get her off the Bench cause she isn't a Fair Judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ876
Rating:1.0
Comments:
We are in the process of moving to Arizona. I had become aware of State V Jodi Ann Arias in Jan 2013 when trial began.

As I watched some of Judge Stephens rulings, it seemed at times she was very biased toward the defense which made me delve into the case further. I had hoped to find that most of what was transpiring was simply because of in admissibility of evidence under the law and not bias. Unfortunately, I don't feel that is what I found. Then much to my horror, and that of the general public, this case under her very poor direction and failure to rein defense counsel and their client, began a rapid decent into pure madness. Madness that only worsesens by the day.

This trial is spiraling out of control for the stat of Arizona and sends messages to the rest of the country and its citizens I don't believe the legal system there really wants to send. It appears Arizona will move heaven and earth to satisfy every morbid whim of brutal murderers and attorneys put of control, inexperienced, and writing their rules as they go along. Going against protocol set up long before and followed by everyone else. A system that is making it appear that all is fair game in Arizona. You may brutally murder a succesful Arizona citizen, flee the state, lje to law enforcement, manipulate lawyers and judges delaying your trial for 5+ yrs., sit in a public court room and roll your eyesat therosecutor for the state WITH your attorney and state funded mitigation specialist, pick your nose, laugh out loud as the prosedutor describes the brutal murder you committed to the jury about to decide your fate , for all the world to see. Only then to be allowed to bruta
ize your victims family in "allocution" by taking parts of their victims impact statements about their loved one and using for twisted purpose to mock their feelings unchecked. Allowing defense attorneys to fike inappropriate motoon after motion using state funds unecessarily and stalling victims family delaying end of trial for many more months.

A judge.that allows defense witnesses to chatter on inappropriatly in testimony towards the prosecutor refusing to answer direct questions in all phases of this trial.

This travesty seemingly had no end due to Judge Sherry Stephens making a mockery of the AZ court system in her inability to control her cpurt room, defense council, defense witnesses, and the defendant. Mr Martinez doesseem quite passionate about his job anf if he had aome assistance from her to run things in the manner intended this teial would have proceeded to its end in the way this process is intended to work.

Is only Judge Stephens asleep at the bench and responsibke? How many hands are now complicite as well in this travesty?

As a citkzen of these United States of America, in the spirit of our forefathers, I implore those in power in the great state of Arizona to intercede in this and bring this to its appropriate end.

Thank you

Other

Comment #: AZ875
Rating:1.0
Comments:
During the trial I defended Judge Stephens because I felt she was going above and beyond to avoid any appeals. Boy was I wrong. Judge Stephens is clearly a member of the defense team. She does not care about the jurors or the victims family. Surely jurors will start dropping off because of the constant delays in the trial. Maybe that is the goal. How about some longer court days and weekends if needed to bring this case to a close. Get it done yesterday

Other

Comment #: AZ874
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This trial has been going on to long and it's because Judge Stephens is not doing her job. This should of been over a long time ago.She is a one sided judge, She let's the witnesses for the defense disrespect the proscuter. She is wasting the taxpayers money by keeping this trial going for so long.Taxpayers need not to vote her in to office anymore.Judge Stevens needs a Backbone and quit letting the defense delay the trial any longer. They are doing it on purpose so they can lose jurors and it causes a mistrial.Do your job you were hired for Judge Stephens or leave the Ben h if you cant

Other

Comment #: AZ873
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In regards to the Jodi Arias case Judge Stephens has allowed the courtroom to become a circus. May I remind you, Jodi Arias has been found guilty. This is the penalty phase. Please show some respect for the jurors, taxpayers and last but not least the victim Travis Alexander.

Other

Comment #: AZ872
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I would say that someone above her needs to look at the transcripts of this re-trial for mitigation factors. Because just about everything that has been brought up is new and was never mentioned at the trial. She can't even make the decisions on simple objections, she calls a sidebar on every objection, which ends up being half of the day is spent at the judges bench.

Other

Comment #: AZ871
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has been so bias to the defense side and has no respect for the family of Travis Alexander's family or the jurors! She is letting the criminal run this show and it is a travesty. Out of 3-months they have had 18 days of court. What is with all the delays? She lost control of her courtroom long ago and never regained control! This trial has been a disgrace and travesty to our Justice System!!! Made me loose faith in our Justice system to see all the shenanigans she is letting go on and on and on and on!!!!! Worse Judge I have ever seen!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ869
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens is needs a mentor and additional training. It is absolutely unconscionable that she would close her court room and hide what's going on there. How and attorney gets to be a judge and doesn't know that is illegal is beyond me.

Other

Comment #: AZ868
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Give up her day job, tax payers should know better than to keep Stephens on any payroll. A real downer to see such unfair justice in the court room.

Other

Comment #: AZ866
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this judge has no control over her court.the defense shows no respect to the judge are anyone else.she can not make any decision on the motions the defense team makes.this trail has gotten out of control it should have been over along time ago.this trail has cost AZ over 3 million dollars. when will someone step in and bring this court under control? this judge has completely lost all control. i am a shame to see our justice system made a mockery because of this incapable judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ865
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When I first watched the trial, I thought this Judge was nothing more then an Executive Assistant. That is how she acts. She has no authority, she does not control her own court room,she is a really, really poor excuse for a judge. She is in wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy over her head, and someone needs to take control of this trial. If I lived in Arizona, I would be outraged, absolutely outraged at this sham of a trial. Not to mention the cost, at the taxpayers expense I might add. My heart goes out to the Alexander family, who has to keep reliving this nightmare because of an incompetent judge. There should be more outrage about this, it is unacceptable.

Other

Comment #: AZ864
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Stephens has allowed this trial to continue for two years. That is absurd. What trial goes on for that long? She has said previously that there would be no more delays, then she gives the defense 6 months, or more, worth of delays!! It is obvious that she allows the defense to control her court. It clearly has become more than being overly cautious to avoid appellate issues. Her superiors need to intervene & move this trial forward. The victim's family have rights too & those rights need to be protected as well. To allow this convicted murderer to re-try her guilt phase during a retrial for the sentencing phase (which has been going on for more than 3 months with no end in sight) is beyond cruel to the victim's family. I'm sure the judge in any case is to be fair & impartial to both sides, however, Judge Stephens appears to be biased in favor of the defense & she needs to be reminded that she should be in control of this trial.

Other

Comment #: AZ863
Rating:1.0
Comments:
JJS I never seen anything like this ,This is terrible Judge Stephens I have respect for ,But she is to easy letting the attys get away with everything they want JS just say NO and move on.

Other

Comment #: AZ862
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible, Horrible, Horrible... I thought Florida's judicial system was an embarrassment to the U.S. But this judge has shown what truly an embarrassment is, not only to the Judicial system, but the State of AZ as well. She has allowed the DUHfense (liars, sneaks and cheats) to run her court room. Everyone in the world has been watching this trial and seen what a joke the US Judicial system is. This judge has allowed a convicted murderer take control of her court room, all the lies and games the DUHfense is playing, the Mitigation Specialist AKA: Cougarlicious tweeting crap about the case, leaking information to the press and smuggling the killers forged art out to sell just a shame, then you have Kirt Nurmi who picks his nose in court, lies out of his arse and is playing the stall game to line his pockets, WillMount is just a complete moron and has showed her lock of knowledge of being an attorney asking a M.E. if he works only on dead people, etc... if anything this has shown the world what a joke not only AZ is but the US judicial system as well. There should be no delays for "porn" on a computer especially when the killer Einstein NOT played her own attorney and was caught making 3 way calls, hired a dirty PI etc... Porn is not the reason she killed a good man, it was her obsession with having him or nobody would, I mean seriously first duhfense: I was not there. Second duhfense: the ninjas did it. Third Duhfense: it was self defense. Fourth Duhfense: he watched porn. The judge asked the "duhfense" hired guns for the computer clone NEVER GOT IT. The judge said "no more delays" hours later delays were in place, Wormi Nurmi has stalled, stalled and stalled to line his pockets and filed frivilous motion after motion all for his paycheck. This is sick, there is a family whose loved one was vicious, brutally murdered and they want their justice, but I guess in AZ the killers are entitled to play the system, and there is no Justice for the murder victim or his family... such a shame.

Other

Comment #: AZ861
Rating:1.0
Comments:
You Judge Stephens should be ashamed of yourself. It is obvious that from the start you were over your head. You are the only judge in history that has allowed the defense attorneys to take over a courtroom. The attorneys and their paid witnesses are clearly dishonest and underhanded. WHy you allow them to trash a dead man and repeat theirself just to stall and steal tax payers money is beyond me. You have no clue how to force forward progress and keep control of a courtroom. I hope to God the Alexanders sue you and every single lying scumbag on the defense for everything they have leaving you all penniless living, under a bridge as roommates eating out of trash cans for what you all have done to Travis and his family

Other

Comment #: AZ860
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The SC won't consider JA's petition until March, now what?, How could this inept Judge let this happen when she knew JA was " being manipulative", what about the Jurors who have showed up everyday they were asked to do their civil duty, what about the victim's right that you so obviously forgot or his family that you allowed testimony that tortured them more everyday..You Judge Sherry Stephens are the second worst thing that could have happened to this victim and his family.Shame on You..

Other

Comment #: AZ859
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is completely biased to the defense and has allowed the defense to control her court. She is an embarrassment to our justice system. The victim, victim's family and the jury have all been forgotten while the defense continues to delay and stall. Time to stand up and be the boss!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ858
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Disbar this wanna be Judge that took on a criminal trial that she can't handle!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ857
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
JSS skipped too many days... That make it look alike weak justice system and Idiot Judge!!! Tired of her kept Delay, Delay, Delay!!! No Justice--No Peace!!! Don't let the murder go free or will kill, again!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ856
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens is the worst example of the justice system I have ever seen. The way she is handling the Jodi Arias trial is deplorable! She and the defense team have delayed this trial to where the court has been out, more days than it has been in. Who is the victim here? I believe it was Travis Alexander, and now his entire family! They have given up their personal lives for YEARS now, only to have one delay after another. What about the jury? They to have put their lives on hold for a trial they believed would last only 3 months. I would hope her superiors read these comments, soon, and have a nice long talk with Judge Stephens about the mockery she has made of this trial and our judicial system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ855
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens is the worst example of the justice system I have ever seen. The way she is handling the Jodi Arias trial is deplorable! She and the defense team have delayed this trial to where the court has been out, more days than it has been in. Who is the victim here? I believe it was Travis Alexander, and now his entire family! They have given up their personal lives for YEARS now, only to have one delay after another. What about the jury? They to have put their lives on hold for a trial they believed would last only 3 months. I would hope her superiors read these comments, soon, and have a nice long talk with Judge Stephens about the mockery she has made of this trial and our judicial system.

Other

Comment #: AZ853
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is biased, lacks knowledge of the law, allows secret testimony; she has let the Jodie Arias mitigation phase of the trial become a circus. She gives the justice system a bad name.

Other

Comment #: AZ848
Rating:1.0
Comments:
#1 she seems to be confused. She is not being fair with how she is handling this Jodi Arias case. We the people have notice that she is favoring Jodi Arias. This case should be done with...

Other

Comment #: AZ846
Rating:1.0
Comments:
From the looks of the "Comments" section so far, it looks like JSS is a veritable "flunky". Did her father or some other relative have connections with the Governor in order to get her appointed to the bench? Someone had to lobby pretty hard on her behalf!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ845
Rating:1.9
Comments:
This judge seems to be either unknowledgeable about the rules of law or apathetic (at best) about their application. She has continued to let the flow of the Jodi Arias trial become slogged down, murky, confusing and chaotic at the expense of the people of AZ. Her leadership is nonexistent and she has appeared to be completely biased on the side of the defense. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ844
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Also, judge sherry k stephens has NOT froze any of "arias," assets that "she" has earned from "her" fraudulent art sells and other sundry sells that "she" has been gaining behind bars. Where that money that "she" has earned should be taken from "her" and paid back to the victims family and towards the state of Arizona for "her" court costs. To date "arias" has enjoyed "her" indigent status fully, and that this court costs has been and is being paid by the honest citizens of Arizonans by fraudulent means. Meaning this supposed judge has not done due diligence in freezing all of "arias,s" financial assets whilst in jail, to be properly paid back to the honest citizens of Arizona and to the victims family for there hardship in attending this trial. Meaning the honorable judge sherry k stephens has fully allowed "arias" to steal from the honest tax payers there rightful funds back to them. That is fully unlawful by stephens to do. And she is allowing "miss arias" to be fully fraudulent in this dealing. Stephens should of ordered ALL OF "jodi ann arias,s" sells confiscated and put back to the taxes payers. This is against the law, and stephens has fully endorsed "arias" making money behind bars, when she should of followed the law and stop it. she has not done so to date, 1-7-15. There for stephens has broken this law of Arizona personally herself, and grounds for her dismissal from this particular court case. she herself has broken the law herself. For she has not frozen "arias,s" fraudulent art fund sales funds. For shame stephens, you broke the law your self......:•|

Other

Comment #: AZ841
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sherry K Stephens is a JOKE.... She makes a mockery of the justice system. She is victimizing Travis and his family all over again. I don't think this sorry excuse of a judge knows that HODI Arias is a CONVICTED MURDER. Why is she allowing all these stall tastics drag on. She has lost control of the courtroom. Grow a pair; Regain your room and stop wasting tax payers money. Sherry is a disgrace, the only robe she should be wearing is a bath robe...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ840
Rating:1.6
Comments:
In my opinion, Judge Sherry Stephens needs to be removed off the Jodi Arias case. This case has gotten totally out of hand. There has been no thought given to the victims in this case,,Travis Alexander and his siblings. Judge Stephens must realize the Defense Attorney's in this case have taken control of it. It's disgusting the amount of hard earned tax payers dollars that have been spent on this case. Please remove this judge and replace her with a judge that knows what he/she is doing. This case should have been over years ago.

Other

Comment #: AZ839
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Ignore the naysayers, for they know not of which they speak. I guess when all else fails, blame the judge. Ridiculous how nobody puts the blame on the convicted murderer`s shoulders, where it rightfully belongs. Justice has been served for Travis Alexander, under the watchful, extremely intelligent eye of Judge Sherry K. Stephens. Worry not about the jurors, the behaviors of the defense team, and all the legalities and processes in place for a capital murder trial. You need not worry because the judge is there to ensure due process is carried out, however long that takes. What`s the point of rushing to sentencing if that ultimate sentence is never upheld...there would be no point whatsoever, would there. Unless it is for yourself you are so eager for final sentencing, just to qualm your fears and concerns, however honorable or dishonorable they may be. Judge Sherry K. Stephens, carry on. The majority does have faith in her jurisprudence and so have not felt it necessary to post comments all over the place. Calm yourselves people, for you know not of which you speak.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ837
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My previous rating was an error on my part, thought '10' was worst, not best! Oops!

Other

Comment #: AZ835
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The circus she has going on in her courtroom with the Jodi Arias trial is a disgrace to the US Constitution I hold dear to my heart!
The secrecy, disrespect to the prosecutor, devil-may-care attitude toward the family of Travis Alexander and the jury, is something I have never witnessed in my lifetime of following trials!
Is anyone in authority over Judge Stephens even monitoring this fiasco or are they part of the shenanigans, too?
I want Justice to prevail and there seems to be a lack of ethics and accountability in this trial.
This judge seems to rule in favor of the defendant at every opportunity, even secret meetings with her and sealing EVERYTHING! Secrets in our American Courtrooms need to be scrutinized before just shutting everything down for one defendant!
Even these continuos motions filed by the defense would not merit most judge's effort to read them. This judge takes everyone of them under consideration for month's, or, never even rule on them.
I guess I could go on and on and on with my displeasure regarding the actions, or lack of, Judge Stevens, because I have been following it for years now.
I appreciate the opportunity to vent my frustration regarding this judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ834
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This JSS has made a laughingstock of the Arizona Justice system. She needs to go. Never have I seen a Judge more unqualified. She does not have control of her Courtroom nor has she ever. She has thumbed her nose at the Alexander's time and time again. Trashing their rights. Get her off the bench before more damage is done

Other

Comment #: AZ833
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What an embarrassment to the Arizona judicial system. And heaven help the AZ tax payers! I hope she is fired after this debacle. Assuming it will ever end.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ828
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Get some one in there that knows how to do her job ! UNREAL how she does not know how to handle her own court room . She needs to go , this Trial of JA has got to end !!!!!!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ827
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Get her off the bench in the Arias case!

Other

Comment #: AZ825
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens is , in my opinion, completely out of touch with the trial sentencing phase of jodi Arias. The defense team and Convicted killer are in total control. I concur with the opinions expressed herein, by so many. There is no reguard in Stephens' court for the US constitution, the dead victim or his surviving siblings. Not to mention the disreguard of the jurors! Please, please investigate this court, trial and remove Judge Stephens from this trial.it is neccessary NOW!

Other

Comment #: AZ824
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She needs to sit on Juvenile Court bench,, enough said..

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ822
Rating:1.0
Comments:
JSS, is the worst Judge I have ever known.. She is clearly not D/P qualified and unfit to handle the Jodi Arias penalty phase, seems she is for the Defense and will do anything they want.. she is biased towards the Defense team. As a person, I bet she is nice.. But she needed more experience as a Judge to handle a D/P case. All of the secrecy, and secret testimony, ex parte meeting has given her the chance to become friends with the Defendant. Some of the things she wouldn't allow in Trial for the State, are questionable..at best. She let's the witnesses talk to the State in horrible ways.. There is not enough time for all the things, for me to write. She should be let go. Elected or not.. and she is not for the D/P at all...Lobbyist against the D/P, but she sets in on D/P case. Good day!

Other

Comment #: AZ821
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sherry Stephens has been a judge since 2001 . You would think that she would know how to conduct a sentencing phase. She is allowing the defense to put on another criminal retrial . The sentencing phase should be about Jodi Arias . Good or Bad . Let the jury decide from there .

Other

Comment #: AZ820
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I wish to comment about the behavior of Honorable Judge Sherry Stephens with respect to the case of The State vs Jodi Arias - the Travis Alexander murder trial. Judge Stephens is not running her courtroom; the defense attorneys and their defendant are and Judge Stephens is allowing it. She has demonstrated overwhelming bias towards the defense team, allowing them to file repeated frivolous motions, many of which have never been addressed. and the ones that have been addressed have not been done in a timely manner, causing unnecessary delays in the trial moving forward. Judge Stephens has clearly demonstrated indecisiveness, time and time again. She can't seem to be able to make a ruling in a prompt manner, frequently taking matters under advisement. While it is clear that she has shown favoritism towards the defense; in the same vein, she has precluded vital evidence that the state needed to bring to the court. There are numerous points about this trial that she is presiding over that is very disturbing, not which the least is the fact that the sentencing phase of the trial is in it's second year! When the jurors were selected, they were told by Judge Stephens to expect the trial to last until December 18, 2014. Due to the repeated defense motions, it is now expected to go well into February, 2015, quite possibly even later. I personally believe that the defense is deliberately stalling with the the objective of having jurors drop out, thereby causing a mistrial. Scheduling appears to be a major problem. Court never starts on time, Fridays are exempted from court time, and quite often court is abruptly adjourned due to some frivolous matter that Judge Stephens can't seem to be able to control without having to send the jurors home. No consideration has been extended to the families of the victim. They live out of state and it is an extreme hardship for them to travel, leaving their jobs and children behind only to find out that there presence was unnecessary because of unpredictable delays postponing the trial for days at a time. Furthermore, Judge Stephens does not admonish witnesses when they speak insolently towards the prosecutor, Mr. Juan Martinez. Quite often, there are unethical gestures and inappropriate laughter made by the defendant and other parties that have an interest in her. Judge Stephens is very well aware of this and does nothing to stop this kind of behavior in her courtroom. In short, Judge Stephens has made a mockery out of the judicial system. She is clearly not capable of being a judge in a capital murder/death penalty case. Any other judge would have seen to it that the sentencing phase commenced soon after the mistrial of the guilt phase, but there again, the defense pushed for postponements due to vacation plans, scheduling conflicts, etc. The sentencing phase did not commence until October, 2014, well over a year since the conviction! This could have and should have been avoided if Judge Stephens had demonstrated confidence and strength in her role as a judge. If there ever was a travesty of justice, this is it! I thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion regarding Judge Stephens, and it is my fervent hope that an investigation begin immediately and that proper action be taken accordingly. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Other

Comment #: AZ817
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have a lineage in my family that consists of , Judges, Attorneys, Nurses and Doctors..My Uncle who is in his late 70s (retired) has never in his 30 plus yrs on the bench seen such a unprofessional Judge as Judge S.Stevens. The minute she showed the court that the defendant and lawyers were causing undue delays..they should have been sanctioned. She has shown to the jury favortism towards the defendant by her actions. As a Judge you are not to show any bias towards either side. Not Stevens. This is her first and they should never have allowed her on this big of a case, she clearly is not suited. My Uncle said just by the delay of all the motions she is way over her head. Please dont allow this murdered to get less than she deserves because you all cant get it together and put other Judge on the case. What differense would it make considering the delays already?

Other

Comment #: AZ813
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has no idea what she's doing in the Court room. Why or Who ever put her in the Court room with the Arias case has lost their mind unless they put her in there to have a solid reason to debench her. She doesn't have what it takes to handle a murder case. She's had other Murder cases and she didn't have it then either. Its very sad for the AZ taxpayers to be paying for the murder case when its a very clear cut case of her premeditated st degree. They could be using taxpayers money for more important things like schools, homeless, Vets. Seriously someone higher than her needs to get her off the bench and take over this case. She lost control the 1st day of Court. Defense has control, and she let's witness' degrade the Prosecutor. Doesn't anyone see what she's doing to the Judicial System. This is making AZ look so bad and also looks like what other killers will see what they can try and get away with. AZ should be majority rules not all 12 has to rule on DP. Please someone needs to take over this case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ812
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This re-trial of the penalty phase has been an abomination of our justice system. All of the delays and postponements are ridiculous. Judge Stephens has allowed the defense to run all over her and conduct the trial. Since when does a convicted killer get to call the shots during her trial? Why is she being allowed to bring in new witnesses at this point? It is apparent that the Judge is so afraid something she does will be grounds for appeal, that she is letting the defense run the show. This re-trial is costing the taxpayers as much or more than the initial trial did and is no where near close to being finished. And why is Jodi allowed to wear street clothes? She has been convicted of murder! I feel sorry for the jurors! This trial is a prime example of why people do not want to serve on a jury.

Other

Comment #: AZ810
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge stephens has delivered a lackluster performance at best. she has let the defense in the arias trial completely take over the proceedings running it as they wish. it has been nearly 2 years since jodi arias was convicted of 1st degree premeditated murder with an aggravating factor of cruelty. Judge stephens has allowed the defense to enter new evidence,trash the victim and the prosecutor. the disrespect she has allowed towards mr. martinez is beyond bizarre. she even closed the courtroom to allow arias to testify. she still has not released arias' testimony even after being ordered to do so by the arizona court of appeals. this retrial of the penalty,under judge stephens,is a true travesty of justice. the judge is being controlled by arias and her defense team. it's too bad you don't have rating in the minuses because i hated giving her a 1.

Other

Comment #: AZ809
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is what you people need to do in this Parasite Arias circus trial. The monster needs to be treated like all other death penalty case monsters. She needs to be wearing her prison issued clothing and no make up should be allowed. The monster was after all CONVICTED of 1st degree premeditated savage brutal murder with extreme cruelty. What this Judge is allowing to happen is extra extreme cruelty to Travis Alexanders family. I understand that monsters like the parasite arias try and slither through any legal loop holes they can find, but this is getting out of control and someone higher needs to step in and treat the parasite arias trial like it should be treated. She is a monster that took an innocent man off the planet for selfish horrible jealous creepy girl stalker rage, and you people need to handle this circus a bit better. She is already CONVICTED hello...this is the penalty phase not a fresh damn new trial. I higher Judge needs to get this under control because it is making me hate the Justice System more now than I ever had before. Parasite Arias is a monster, she needs to be treated like one. She should have to do all the same things all other death penalty monsters have to do, and she is convicted. There should be no reason why this beast should be allowed to wear normal clothes over her restraints and pretty black & white forever cage clothes. I know Judge Stephens has to be careful the parasite arias does not sneak through cracks, but tormenting that poor family and holding court 1/2 day once a month is crossing the line. This needs to get handled by someone who can put a stop to the absolute ABUSE that the parasite arias is causing to the system that is supposed to protect us from monsters like the parasite arias. Get this circus under control so that family can move on, No one cares about th parasite arias get it over with already.

Other

Comment #: AZ808
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I'm saddened and sickened by the bias and outright delays,secrecy,this Judge has shown. Since when does a convicted murderer call the shots?? This duh fense and Judge need to sanctioned and held accountable for this blatant miscarriage of Justice.Slimy defense is milking this cow dry!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ807
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The judge has lost her objectivity and perspective. Her bias toward defense and defendant are blatantly evident as she has allowed them to seize power and control her court room. What an appalling lack of couth or respect to allow witnesses to behave as they did to the Prosecutor and not censure them. She should be ashamed of the horrible, shameful, embarrassingly inadequate job she is doing. It is not a court room, it is a carnival of lunacy,insanity and mendacity all enabled and abetted by an inept judge

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ803
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has made a mockery of the State of Arizona court system. She allows the defendant to dictate what the court does or doesn't do.

Prosecutor

Comment #: AZ796
Rating:1.4
Comments:
A monumental waste of tax dollars. The Arias trial has been delayed and delayed by a malingering defense and an incompetent judge, who seemingly refuses to conduct trial in the open even after being instructed to do so by a higher court. This case should never have been assigned to a judge so lacking in experience outside of family court. Judge Stephens and the Arias case have made the AZ justice system a laughing stock, all around the world.

Other

Comment #: AZ793
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Absolutely a biased non-experienced Death Penality trial judge.The United Stated Judicial System has been shamed before the world with The State of Arizona vs Jodi Arias trial/penalty phase. This court has brought shame upon the state of Arizona and have been allowed to make a mockery of the system our forefathers died for!! Shame on Arizona and on Judge Stephens for mocking our American Judicial System and on defaming the Victim in this case, Travis Victor Alexander! He will not rest in peace until The State of Arizona metes out the only true justice: Death!!

Other

Comment #: AZ792
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Sherry K. Stephens is the most incompetent Judge I have ever seen. She is also extremely biased to the defense team and has allowed the Jodi Arias Sentencing retrial to turn into a complete retrial of the first 2 phases, in which Jodi Arias is already CONVICTED of 1st Degree murder, with the factor proven to be 'extreme cruelty' when she killed her EX-boyfriend Travis Alexander in HIS own home, while he was naked in HIS own shower.He had defense wounds and tried crawling away, but she stabbed him 27 times, slit his throat from ear to ear, almost decapitating him, then shot him in the face. This Judge is allowing the defense to bring in unfounded accusations against the Prosecutor, the Mesa police department and others. The murder was in June 2008, and its shameful that this convicted murderer is getting almost 2 years to present the SENTENCING PHASE. Can't someone do something to get Judge Stephens off the bench?? The defense alone has cost the state almost 3 million dollars! This trial is a true circus.

Other

Comment #: AZ791
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is beyond comprehension what Sherry Stevens has done, or not done in the trial of Jodi Arias. For one of the most brutal murders committed, the defendant has plead guilty and been convicted. In this penalty phase only Sherry Stevens has pandered to defense and allowed motion after motion and delay after delay. She allows astounding disrespect to prosecutor by witnesses and defense team. She can't rule on ANYTHING! All one needs to do is look at the actual days of trial she has had, and compare to amount of days she has closed trial, brought in jury only to send them back home, given into defenses frivolous motions. She does not uphold the constitution of this country! Who is watching her? Who is her boss? She needs to be removed from bench and sanctions filed against her and defense attorneys! Stop her now!!!! She is a disgrace to your state and this country!

Other

Comment #: AZ790
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A judge who does not follow the US Constitution? A judge that says "no delays" and allows delay after delay after delay? That is a judge? I don't think so. This Arias trial is way past a fair & timely conclusion. It is the worst judicial travesty in history. No consideration for the victim, victim's family, Az taxpayers or JUSTICE. Judge Stevens needs to be removed from the bench, doubt she could preside fairly in traffic court.

Other

Comment #: AZ789
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very sad that the whole country even foreign countries are laughing about the injustice being done in this court room.

Other

Comment #: AZ787
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am a retired teacher and have been a trial watcher for years. I have never seen a judge dance to the defendant's tune like Judge Stephens. The state of Arizona is paying this defense attorney $250/hour. He has delayed this trial with no consideration of the jury's time. Nurmi should be sanctioned for his repititious motions.

Other

Comment #: AZ786
Rating:1.0
Comments:
While I am not a resident of Arizona, I am a US citizen and the State of Arizona receives substantial federal funds to run the state. MY TAXES are going to the State of Arizona and I object to the way Judge Stephens is frivolously running the Arias sentencing retrial with careless disregard for the public purse - MY purse.

To whomever is her supervising judge: please put her performance under review and remove her from the bench, if need be, to restore competence in the Maricopa courts.

Thank you.

Other

Comment #: AZ785
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens needs to be replaced DESPERATELY. She has no control of her court. She runs a schedule that is beyond lax holding jury hostage while she has 3 or 4 hour days with much of that time spent in 'bench conferences'. She takes all rulings 'under-advisement' so motions are backed-up for weeks/months. She schedules weeks off during trial so that she can attend to those motions but never seems to clear them. When she does give a ruling, it is scattered and incomplete causing still more litigation over the same matters.
A senior jurist needs to oversee her work on this, her first death-penalty case. Perhaps she does well in juvenile court as she does appear to coddle and hand-hold, but her methods are not working in a high-profile case.

Other

Comment #: AZ783
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a mockery of all judges! I have no idea why she resides over the St of AZ vs Arias! She has NO control over the courtroom, makes rulings that are basically illegal and always sides with the defense. This murderer was convicted and should be in prison but Nurmi is just trying to delay the inevitable with all his motions. Why doesn't this non-judge put a stop to this? This sentencing phase will NEVER be over at the rate this non-trial is going! Remove her from the bench!!!

Other

Comment #: AZ782
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens demonstrates that she has no control over her courtroom and she caters to the defense; currently in a sentencing hearing for Jodi Arias, she allows the defense to re-try the case; she has no regard for the poor jury nor the public purse. This sentencing trial is an absolute joke and Judge Stephens is a laughable non-judge. Why hasn't her superior stepped in to guide her in this trial in which she is clearly over her head?

Other

Comment #: AZ781
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Sherry K. Stephens
This judge is a joke to the judicial system. She let's the defense and convicted murder,make a joke of this system the victim and their families. members. Please put a stop to the unfairness, cruelty that's going on,this is a penalty phase not a retrial,Jodie arai,was found guilty of 1st degree murder. Enough is enough or is it that our justice system is a joke on a days.

Other

Comment #: AZ780
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Sherry Stephens has no control over her courtroom.
Allows secret meetings.
Violates the US Constitution.
In over her head.

Other

Comment #: AZ779
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens needs to be removed from the bench. Her handling of the Jodi Arias case is beyond shockingly incompetent.

Judge Stephens is allowing the defense to drag this penalty phase out indefinitely. This penalty phase needs to come to an end.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ778
Rating:1.1
Comments:
RUNAWAY JUDGE RUNAWAY JUSTICE...OUT OF CONTROL

Other

Comment #: AZ777
Rating:1.0
Comments:
NEVER SEEN SUCH A TRAVESTY OF,JUSTICE!
JSS HAS MADE A MOCKERY OF "JUSTICE "" ... Az citizens should march on the courthouse and demand she be terminated...Shame on the Chief Justice...SICKENING CIRCUS. .. robbing the taxpayers and the VICTIM' s Family. "Justice delayed is Justice DENIED" . Lost all faith in the Justice system...Blatant Pandering to the Defense and A CONVICTED MURDERER! IMPEACH SHERRY STEFFENS!!!! Somebody grow a pair...

Other

Comment #: AZ776
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sherry Stephens is an incompetent judge,has no control over her courtroom. in over her head, her and the defense team are making a mockery of our justice system, holds secret meetings, violating the US Constitution. After seeing her performance with the Jodi Arias trial would not trust her with anything to do with our justice system. She is unfit to be a judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ775
Rating:1.0
Comments:
What is wrong with the state of Arizona in allowing this incompetent judge to run a courtroom the way she is? Can't someone step up and help her or better yet, replace her? She apparently has no experience in a DP case. It's shameful for what she is doing to the Alexander's and the jurors!

Other

Comment #: AZ774
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How is this judge being allowed to have all these delays. Who is running this court. It seems to everyone that it is the defense attorney. I don't even live in your state. Do you realize that people all over the country know she is incompetent and should be taken off this case IMMEDIATELY....

Other

Comment #: AZ773
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible job with the Jodi Arias trial. She & the defense are wasting taxpayers money and making a mockery of our judicial system. Az should be ashamed

Other

Comment #: AZ772
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge has no control in this courtroom. She has allowed Jodi Arias and her defense team to rule everything that happens and does nothing about it. She stated that there would be no delays, but that is all that keeps happening, delay, delay, delay. She can't or won't make any timely rulings, holds secret meetings and doesn't seem to mind that this penalty phase is costing AZ taxpayer's a fortune! She should be removed from this case or grow a spine and get control and get this penalty phase over with! Jodi Arias was found guilty, she should have been sentenced already. So sad for the juror's who, by the way, were told this would end by Dec. 18, 2014 and the poor Alexander family that travel from out of state, just to find out there will be no court for the day. Judge Stephens is making a mockery of the judicial system!

Other

Comment #: AZ771
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens stated back in September 2014 that there would be no delays in the Arias re-trial penalty phase, but, there has been nothing but delays. Has she no consideration for the victim and his family, obviously not, as she continues to pander to the defense and their client. Judge Stephens is pathetic, she's just as culpable in re-victimizing the Alexander family.

Other

Comment #: AZ770
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens appears to be incompetent. It is the defense attorneys who are running the Arias trial. Not Stephens. She has let the defense put endless delays on the Penalty Phase for Arias. Arias has already been convicted of first degree murder. This trial should be about LWOP or the DP. It is not the time for introductions of new testimony. That is for appeals. Yet this is a retrial or the trial with testimony that has absolutely nothing to do with mitigation factors........Sherry allows every bit of it......Please put a stop to this continuing circus and help get this penalty phase back on track.....

Other

Comment #: AZ769
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Has not shown the qualities a judge should have. The jodi arias trial has gone on way to long at taxpayers expense. Since when is secret testimony allowed in a public court of law .. She can not control a court room... there are more delays than actual trial days.. she should never again have a death penalty case

Other

Comment #: AZ767
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens should NOT be on the Jodie Arias case. She seemed like she was in over her head in the beginning, but now it's more like she is trying to derail the penalty phase. She's had many, many ex-parte meetings with this convicted murderer, she's held SECRET testimony which is against the constitution of the USA. We DO NOT hold secret trials in this country. It has been 2 years since Jodi Arias was convicted of 1st degree murder, and the penalty phase is STILL going on. This is an outrage, and the taxpayers of AZ should be outraged that it is costing them close to 2 million dollars. Where are the victim's rights? The victim's families rights? She should be disbarred.

Other

Comment #: AZ766
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens has lost all control of her courtroom. The AZ court system is being made a joke of for the whole world to see.
What judge violates the constitution and allows a convicted murderer to run her courtroom? NONE! Only this judge and it's shameful!

Other

Comment #: AZ763
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Seems to have no control over a courtroom or care for victims whatsoever. Admits and allows a convicted murderer to run the proceedings. Arizona should be embarrassed they have allowed this to even transpire. Proven lies by the defense team, and still no change, caves to everything they want and cannot even make a ruling in a timely fashion. The world is watching, and no one is impressed at all. This Judge has no business even being on the bench.

Other

Comment #: AZ762
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This trial is totally out of control and it appears this Judge is in over her head. She is supposed to control the court room, but she allows secret witnesses and games that any layman can detect during the trial. She should be in traffic court.

Other

Comment #: AZ761
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stephens stated back in September 2014 that there would be no delays in the Arias re-trial penalty phase, but, there has been nothing but delays. Has she no consideration for the victim and his family, obviously not, as she continues to pander to the defense and their client. Judge Stephens is pathetic, she's just as culpable in re-victimizing the Alexander family.

Other

Comment #: AZ754
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has NO control of her court room it saddens me out justice system can be played with..She has no compassion for people time nor money.

Other

Comment #: AZ697
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is not fit for criminal trials. She is pro-defense.

Other

Comment #: AZ650
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Stephens is not following the constitution, nor the victims rights act, nor the AZ constitution. She has so many motions pending MORE than 6 months. That's unheard of. She does everything in secrecy. She cannot make a decision. The penalty phase of Jodi Arias is way over a year from her conviction. She, IMO, is very inept. She should be removed from this case and the bench.

Other

Comment #: AZ640
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Incompetent Judge. Remove her from the bench permanently!

Other

Comment #: AZ551
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge has demonstrated an almost irrational bias against men and a lack of understanding as well as disrespect of the law. She should not be allowed on the family law bench.

Other

Comment #: AZ500
Rating:3.0
Comments:
She is not very detailed-oriented and releases her judgements (at least in my case) in a very vague manner that often requires further clarification.