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Arias sells art for money, profits from notoriety

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2013 at 7:46 am •  Published: April 12, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias is apparently profiting from the notoriety she has received since killing her one-time boyfriend, selling drawings from jail on a website operated by a third party.

The website, which also accepts donations, purports to offer her original art work, noting authenticity in the form of the following: "All pieces created after January 26, 2013 are authenticated with Jodi Arias' right thumbprint."

Her mother, Sandra Arias, said the site is, indeed, Jodi's. The money is being used to help pay for family expenses while attending the trial, she said Thursday.

Asked if the drawings are selling well, Sandra Arias replied, "Oh yeah."

She declined to discuss it further. The Associated Press was unable to confirm the third party.

The site claims to have sold several pieces, including a drawing of Frank Sinatra for $1,075. One piece is being offered for $2,000, shipping included.

No law prevents Arias from profiting from her notoriety given she hasn't been convicted of a crime.

Sgt. Brandon Jones of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said inmates aren't allowed to sell items while incarcerated and don't have access to computers.

However, Jones added, she has access to pencils and paper and there is nothing to prevent Arias from using a third party to sell her work.

"She could draw those pictures, but I can't tell you whether they are truly hers or whether this is someone trying to make money off her," Jones said.

He also said the sheriff's office just learned of a Twitter account bearing Arias' name and is examining its options for confronting the situation.

"This doesn't sit well with us," Jones said.

A woman in the gallery says she is tweeting on Arias' behalf. The comments are often attacks on the prosecutor and cable TV pundits who expound on the trial daily. The Associated Press, however, has not confirmed the authenticity of the Arias Twitter account.

"She'll call and say 'I have a quote.' We'll talk about it. Sometimes she says 'let's tweet.' And then she'll say 'no let's not do it,'" Donavan Bering told Fox affiliate KSAZ in Phoenix.

"I think it's a way of her getting out her frustration, because she doesn't have a chance to say much," said Donavan, who claims she is operating Arias' Twitter page.

The trial has dragged on for more than three months, and has at times devolved into bizarre testimony about graphic sexual encounters and fairy tales.

The case has grown into a worldwide sensation as thousands follow the trial via a live, unedited web feed. Twitter has blown up with comments, as spectators express their opinions on everything from Arias' wardrobe to Martinez's angry demeanor. For its fans, the Arias trial has become a live daytime soap opera.

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