The word ‘denied’, I mean.
Arizona Supreme Court denies review on a Jodi Arias interlocutory appeal.
This is what it’s like trying to get relief from an appellate court. They’re very, very stingy with criminal defendants, unlike those rare occasions when a prosecutor might appeal something. Prosecutors win those appeals about half the time. Most other litigants don’t do nearly that well on appeal, but the disparity is especially huge when one considers that criminal defendant success rates on appeal are in the vicinity of 1% or less.
Put another way, a prosecutor’s chances should he appeal a trial court ruling are about 50 times higher than his opponents’.
Sound fair? People have been asking me whether I think Jodi Arias got a fair trial. I’ve said no, and I think her trial was substantially more unfair than the typical criminal trial, but as you might guess from that I think most criminal trials are unfair to the defendant. The main reason is that judges almost invariably favor the prosecution in a million different flagrant – or more dangerously – subtle ways. With their veneer of neutrality, they can do much more damage to the defendant’s case than the prosecutor can. And they usually do.