“A complaint against Juan Martinez, the prosecutor in the high-profile Jodi Arias murder case, has been filed at the State Bar of Arizona. The complaint details an array of allegations related to a pattern of sexual harassment in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, including: leaking a juror’s identity to a trial blogger with whom he allegedly had an affair; inappropriate communications with another juror; and false statements at a deposition.”
Complaint was filed by Craig D. Henley, Senior Bar Counsel on 1st March, 2019.
Complete article, including the complaint here.
Note especially this ( from page 9 ):
and this ( from page 10 ):
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.
WASHINGTON — Arizona’s infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio — the man who brands himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” and has launched an extensive investigation into whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen — will have to make some changes under a settlement with the federal government on Friday that would resolve some allegations that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office routinely violated the civil rights of Latinos.
The agreement, approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, would partially resolve the lawsuit, specifically the allegations that Arpaio’s office unlawfully detained Hispanic workers during worksite raids and violated their Fourth and 14th Amendment rights as well as the allegation that his office retaliated against critics in violation of the First Amendment.
Read full article here
For the relevance to Jodi’s case, see section F of Persistent Pattern of Misconduct – Defense Motion filed October 1st, 2015 :
F. MCSO’S PUBLIC REACTION TO A FABRICATED MOTION SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY MS. ARIAS FURTHER INHIBIT HER ABILITY TO RECEIVE A FAIR TRIAL
On or about April 19, 2014. media reports began to surface that Ms. Arias had filed a motion in federal court seeking civil damages and a restraining order against Sheriff Arpaio and civil damages against TV commentator Nancy Grace. The contents of the
motion, in sum, are that Ms. Arias, the purported author of this motion, was seeking these remedies because of comments that Ms. Grace had made about her and against Sheriff Arpaio because she had a leaky breast implant that was not being treated and because she had contracted Hepatitis C while at the jail. The information contained in the motion is utterly false and the motion itself was an obvious forgery. The motion supposedly written by Ms. Arias was typewritten and Ms. Arias does not have access to a typewriter.
The signature on this typewritten motion does not match Ms. Arias’ signature, a signature that she has authored many times while incarcerated at the Estrella Jail. Finally, the motion denoted Ms. Arias’ address to be at the 4th Avenue Jail when Ms. Arias resides in the Estrella Jail. Thus, with a mere cursory review of this motion and a minimal knowledge of the Maricopa County Jail System. one could easily discern that Ms. Arias did not file the motion at issue. Despite these facts, Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave an on-camera interview with ABC 15 News, a station whose primary broadcast area is Maricopa County during which he claimed that Ms. Arias was filing said motion merely to seek publicity. Thus, the viewership of both ABC 15 and those who have visited their web page have the opportunity to see Sheriff Arpaio make these erroneous allegations against Ms. Arias. See Exhibit F.
“Gallagher’s colleague in the district attorney’s office, Juan Martinez, has a comparable record. He once likened a Jewish defense lawyer to “Adolf Hitler” and his “Big Lie,” a tactic the Arizona Supreme Court deemed “reprehensible.” One judge noted of Martinez: “You’re at war, almost nuclear war, the minute you come up against him.”
The recent trial of Jodi Arias, a woman who claimed that she killed her boyfriend in self-defense, was a rare case in which Martinez failed to secure a death sentence. When defense counsel Jennifer Willmott asserted that the victim had been suicidal, he responded: “If Ms. Willmott and I were married, I certainly would say, I fucking want to kill myself.” The Arizona Supreme Court has found his behavior, like Gallagher’s, to constitute prosecutorial misconduct.
From America’s Deadliest Prosecutors by By Robert J. Smith, May 14, 2015
Note: Robert J. Smith is a law professor at the University of North Carolina, whose work was cited in Justice Breyer’s dissent on June 29, 2015, questioning whether the death penalty is constitutional.
See also Prosecution Misconduct