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ACLU files Amicus brief urging supreme court to hold Martinez accountable

The Arizona Supreme Court will soon consider the misconduct of one of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s top prosecutors: Juan Martinez. Martinez gained national notoriety when he prosecuted Jodi Arias for murder in 2008, but his aggressive and often unethical conduct was well-known in Arizona well before then. It’s time he’s held accountable.

The ACLU of Arizona and the ACLU Capital Punishment Project yesterday filed an amicus brief urging the Court to do just that, and in doing so highlighted the pervasive culture of misconduct at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Copy of the Brief: 3._2019.04.03_aclu_brief_final


The prosecution case

According to Juan Martinez

Dr Phil:

There were things that you knew, that you kinda kept closer to the vest.

For example, Jodi had borrowed two gas cans a month before the trip, to Mesa, Arizona.

So was she planning this that far in advance?

Juan Martinez:

She was, and with that information, I started to look at some of the receipts that were taken during an execution of a search warrant at her house, and I saw that there was a receipt for a 5 gallon gas can. So now I knew that I had three five gallon gas cans, fifteen gallons.

And I also knew that in an interview of the police with her mother with the police her mother said “well Jodi told me that she wasn’t anywhere in Mesa, and she had the receipts to prove it”.

So it’s clear she was planning to keep certain receipts, but she was also planning not to stop in Arizona for gas, because the fifteen gallons allowed her to go through the state of Arizona without stopping for gas, and there are no receipts to prove that she actually did it.

Even in opening statement, the defense attorney indicated that this was a trip that she hadn’t planned, this was a trip that resulted after she spoke to Mr Alexander, so it was a spur of the moment kind of thing. But the gas cans spoke otherwise.

Dr Phil:

So what is the untold story? Is it that this was not even an impulse thing that she did?

Is it this long premeditation, what is the untold story?

Juan Martinez:

That is the untold story, a lot of things that she did in advance. She rented a car to drive out to Mesa, she didn’t rent it in her home town which is very small. She rented it 90 miles away. When she rented the car she was initially given a red one. ‘I don’t want one of those, because that one stands out”. So she was given a white one. And when she showed up she was blonde-haired. That’s the person who helped her remembers that specifically. But when she killed him, and in the photographs that we see in the camera, she’s dark-haired. So in-between then she changed her hair color.
Another thing that she did is that when she parked the car outside of the house, she took both license plates off so that nobody would be able to identify the car. So she went to great lengths to make sure that no-one could tell she was there. And by-and-large she was successful except for that one mistake, she probably would have gotten away with it.

Wrongful Convictions around the World

Trapped with Ms. Arias

Trial by Media

This blog is some observations about Kirk Nurmi’s performance as a lawyer for Jodi Arias, in light of some of the information he discloses about the pre-trial preparations in the first of three books about the case.

Although being a self-published book, presumably written without the aid of a professional editor, the first thing to say is I found the book to be very readable and engaging. Kirk explains his view of the law, the case and his feelings about Jodi Arias with great clarity. For anyone interested in the case, I would say this book is a “must-buy”.

I would also say this is a very honest book. It pulls no punches in making it very clear that Nurmi, before the trial began, did not like Jodi Arias and did not wish to represent her at trial.

There is a lot of fascinating information in the book, much of…

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