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People tuned into HLN to watch the Jodi Arias trial may not realize it, but they are witnessing a rare event in American jurisprudence.
During the past couple of days, Arias answered more than 200 questions from the jury. Despite being bombarded, Arias has stuck to her guns, and has for the most part kept her composure answering quickly and coherently, and she may not be done duking it out with the jury.
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Jurors rarely get the chance to ask defendants questions directly. Arizona is one of only a handful of states that allows jurors to ask witnesses questions, and it’s also rare for defendants to testify in murder trials.
Here’s how the process works: The jurors submit handwritten questions in a wire basket in the jury box. The judge and the attorneys review the questions. If the questions survive all legal objections, they are then read to Arias for her to read. After Arias answers their questions, the attorneys get a chance to ask follow-up questions.
On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Sherry Stephens began to read the first jury questions to Arias. Stephens finished reading what could be the first round of jury questions Thursday. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi then got his chance to ask Arias follow-up questions.
Read more: HLN's live blog of Thursday's jury questions
Next Wednesday, prosecutor Juan Martinez will continue with his questions for Arias. He will likely pick up where he left off with asking Arias about how she allegedly cut her hand working at a restaurant days before killing Alexander.
But jury questions may not end when Martinez is done with his questions. As Martinez challenged Arias on Thursday about discrepancies in her testimony, some jurors appeared to submit more questions for her. Judge Sherry Stephens is expected to consult the attorneys on the new questions and if they are not objectionable, there may be a new round of juror questions. The attorneys would then get another chance to ask follow-up questions.