Q1: WHAT IS THE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND?
A1: The Legal Defense Fund is an irrevocable gift trust into which money is deposited as a donation (or gift) for the express purpose of paying for the legal fees associated with appealing Jodi Arias’s wrongful conviction. These fees may include attorney retainers, investigator retainers, experts, mitigation, and court filing fees.

Q2: DON’T THE ARIZONA TAXPAYERS HAVE TO PAY FOR JODI’S APPEALS?
A2: Since Jodi was sentenced to life imprisonment, not death, taxpayers will fund very little. She will be assigned a public defender for her direct appeal, and if her conviction is upheld (nearly all convictions are upheld on direct appeal), then post-conviction relief (PCR) proceedings begin. Few appellants are granted a hearing at the PCR stage, and of those few, fewer still ever manage to get their convictions overturned. If the public defender can manage to get Jodi a hearing during PCR, she will be back in the same courtroom with the same trial judge and the same prosecutor. Only the public defender will be new (and thus at a disadvantage). The Honorable Sherry Stephens will be the one deciding whether to uphold Jodi’s conviction. Arizona taxpayers will not pay for anything beyond PCR proceedings. If her conviction is upheld, Jodi and her public defender will part ways, and Jodi will go back to prison for the rest of her life – unless the Legal Defense Fund has enough money to hire a private attorney to pursue further appeals on both the state and the federal level.

Q3: IS THE TRUST MONEY VULNERABLE TO CONFISCATION BY THE ALEXANDERS OR THE STATE?
A3: No. The Alexander-family attorney has publicly announced to the media that the Alexanders will be suing Jodi. A wrongful-death lawsuit is a vehicle by which the Alexanders will seek to get as much money as they can from Jodi. The money in the Legal Defense Fund does not belong to Jodi. The trust is not in her name, she does not control it, and she does not have access to it.

In the state of Arizona, attorneys for the state may also try to take any money from Jodi. But again, the Legal Defense Fund does not contain any money belonging to her.

The trust was carefully structured so that the funds may only be distributed for the purposes for which it was created – legal defense and appellate costs. The money cannot be taken out for any other reason, including restitution.

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Q4: CAN I GET MY MONEY BACK?
A4: No. The trust is irrevocable, meaning that once money is put into it, it can never be taken out except for the purposes for which the trust was established (legal defense and appellate costs).

Q5: CAN I WRITE OFF MY CONTRIBUTION ON MY TAXES?
A5: No. Any contribution to a gift trust is considered a gift and is not tax-deductible.

Q6: HOW MUCH NEEDS TO BE RAISED?
A6: Most attorneys’ retainers for a case like Jodi’s are $250,000. The figure of $150,000 has been mentioned, but that is a typical retainer for a case like Jodi’s before conviction, when trial preparation and trial itself are the two overarching factors that drive up the legal bill. Now, however, added to that is the appeals process, which involves extensive legal research, motion writing, and additional investigation.

Q7: HOW MUCH HAS BEEN RAISED SO FAR?
A7: Regular updates will be announced in this website. This will be a rounded-off figure representing what is in the fund and is not exact to the penny.

Q8: WHY ISN’T THE BANK THAT HOLDS THE TRUST ACCOUNT LISTED ON THIS SITE?
A8: Initially, the financial institution and account number were listed on this site, but so many phone calls were received that it became a distraction to the bank employees. So this information was removed. Please note that many organizations which collect donations, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Feed the Children, and American Red Cross, do not provide their bank information either.

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Q9: WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY IF APPEALS ARE NOT PURSUED OR IF THERE IS MONEY LEFT OVER AFTERWARD?
A9: First, appeals will be pursued. Second, given that Jodi’s legal defense fees cost taxpayers over $2 million the first time around, it is unlikely that there will be any money in the fund remaining. However, on the off-chance that there is, it will be split down the middle and given to two nonprofit organizations. One helps disabled children, and one is a no-kill animal sanctuary. These instructions are built into the trust.

Q10: WHY AREN’T THE CHARITIES MENTIONED ABOVE NAMED ON THIS SITE?
A10: For the same reason bank information is not listed: The nonprofit charities are not named here to protect them from undue attention. In the event that any monies from the Legal Defense Fund are donated to these charities, their identities and the donation amounts will then be announced on this website.

Q11: WHO IS THE TRUSTEE?
A11: The trustee is Sue Allen Halterman, Jodi’s aunt. She had an attorney structure the trust so that not even she may use any of the funds for herself. Despite both her attorney and her tax consultant’s advising her to take a monthly trustee fee from the trust, she refused this option. In the event that she no longer wishes to be trustee, successor trustees are in place.

Q12: WHO IS OFFERING TO MATCH THE DONATIONS DURING THE PERIOD OF THE GIFT-MATCH CAMPAIGN?
A12. The donor matching the donations wishes to remain anonymous. All donations to the JAA Appellate Fund are confidential, and names of donors are not made public.

Q13: WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT? CAN I SEND YOU A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER?
A13: YOU MAY SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, PAYABLE IN US DOLLARS, TO:

JAA Appellate Fund
PO Box 4556
Medford, OR 97501-0180

Q14: IS THE JAA APPELLATE FUND SITE JUSTICE4JODI.COM ASSOCIATED WITH THE SITE CALLED JUSTICE4JODIARIAS.COM?
A14: No! As Jodi’s parents explain in the video, the only official website for making donations to the JAA Appellate Fund is justice4jodi.com. Any other website, Facebook page or group purporting to be official is not.

Q15: CAN I WRITE JODI A LETTER?
A15: Yes! Jodi loves to receive letters.

Send your letters to:

Jodi Arias #281129
ASPC — Perryville
Unit — Lumley
P.O. Box 3300
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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All donations via this website go directly to the JAA APPELLATE FUND, for assisting with the legal fees associated with appealing Jodi’s wrongful conviction. All donations are confidential. This is the ONLY website authorized to collect donations.