- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A consent decree between the State Bar of Arizona and Jodi Arias’ former lead defense lawyer asks a judge to suspend him from the practice of law for four years over the book he wrote about the murder case.

Attorney Kirk Nurmi admits in the consent decree released Thursday to breaching attorney-client confidentiality regarding Arias, whose televised 2013 trial resulted in a first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

A state judicial committee that considers attorney discipline matters last month authorized the State Bar to file a formal complaint against Nurmi.

Nurmi was accused of violating attorney ethics rules by revealing in his book the content of confidential conversations he had with Arias and her family and revealing evidence ruled inadmissible.

The consent decree says Nurmi had a “selfish” motive for his conduct but that mitigating circumstances included his cooperation with the investigation and absence of a prior attorney discipline record.

If the state presiding disciplinary judge approves the agreement, Nurmi will avoid a disciplinary hearing and possible disbarment.

The disciplinary judge has the option of accepting, rejecting or modifying the consent agreement and Arias also has the ability to object.

The judge has yet to determine that time frame.

A judge sentenced Arias to life in prison in 2014 after two juries could not agree on whether she should be sentenced to death or life in prison. Her appeal of her conviction and sentence is pending.

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This story has been reflected to correct the name of the State Bar of Arizona and to clarify that the consent decree was proposed by Nurmi and the State Bar.

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