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Arias lawyers continue push to keep her appeal from public

This undated file booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodi Arias. Serving serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, Arias is asking a court to bar the public from viewing the opening brief in the appeal of her conviction. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, file)

This undated file booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodi Arias. Serving serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, Arias is asking a court to bar the public from viewing the opening brief in the appeal of her conviction. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, file)

PHOENIX — Jodi Arias’ lawyers say the upcoming appeal of her murder conviction in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend should be kept secret because the trial records remain sealed and public interest in her case remains extremely high.

Those arguments are in a reply to prosecutors’ objections to Arias’ pending request for a court order to file her initial brief due June 6 under seal.

Prosecutors have argued there’s a legal presumption that appeals will be public and that Arias’ lawyers didn’t adequately explain why the appeal brief should be sealed.

Arias’ reply filed Wednesday cites previous court orders requiring that case records be kept from the public. The reply also cites an “absurd level of interest” in the case.

Arias is serving a life sentence in Travis Alexander’s death.