State Bar admonishes Juan Martinez

On Thursday September 29, 2016, the  Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that Martinez be placed on probation for a year.

The order states that Martinez violated three Supreme Court rules governing the conduct of attorneys:

1. Engaging in unprofessional conduct.

2. Using means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden any other person, or using methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of such a person by, among other things, improperly attacking the defendant.

3. Engaging in professional misconduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Martinez has 10 days to appeal the admonition. If he does, the matter will go to a formal hearing. Neither Martinez nor the County Attorney’s Office have indicated whether he will appeal*.

Via the Arizona Republic

The initial charges filed by Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, an association of criminal defense attorneys, are available here or here.

One charge concludes:

“Not only did Martinez’ statements relate to the foundation of whether the state could proceed with a capital case, in incorrectly contradicted Arias’ testimony that the shot came first and later the stabbings as Alexander was attacking her.”

* Update Oct 3, 2016: “Prosecutor Juan Martinez files appeal of his admonishment for unprofessional conduct by the State Bar of AZ and opts for a formal hearing.”

Note: See here for Arizona Court Rules on proceedings.