Talk about long hours for low pay: The Jodi Arias jury has listened to months of testimony, seen hundreds of pieces of evidence and even quizzed the witness -- for $12 a day.
That's the rate that Maricopa County courts pay their jurors. Well, that and 44.5 cents a mile for travel (that extra half cent makes all the difference!). Since court began on January 2, the jurors and alternates have accrued a grand total (as of Monday, April 15, 2013) of $576. That's much less than Lebron James gets for a free throw.
So what about those on the Arias jury who are hourly, self-employed, or on commission?
Arizona has a program called the Lengthy Trial Fund which reimburses jurors for lost wages that can be proven. The county website says jurors need to provide pay stubs or tax returns to prove their lost wages, and the fund will pay out up to $300 a day.
The Arias trial certainly fits what we would call a "lengthy trial." When jurors were picked back in December, they were told to expect the entire trial (deliberations, plus any possible punishment phase) to be done by April 12. As it stands, we still have another possible defense witness, the prosecution rebuttal case, closing arguments, and deliberations.
That means those jurors will see a lot more $12 days ahead.