Prominent Arizona prosecutor cleared in ethics case
Sep. 13, 2017
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix attorney who prosecuted the Jodi Arias case was cleared in an ethics case after a State Bar of Arizona complaint was dismissed.
The presiding disciplinary judge of the Arizona Supreme Court dismissed the complaint accusing Maricopa County deputy prosecutor Juan Martinez of unethical behavior after a full day of testimony Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/2h3sIOT ).
This complaint is the fifth that has been dismissed since Martinez rose to prominence with the murder prosecution of Jodi Arias, whose televised 2013 trial resulted in a first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
Martinez's attorney Scott Rhodes said they were "very satisfied with the panel's ruling."
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, an association of criminal defense lawyers, filed the complaint in December 2015, claiming Martinez committed acts of misconduct and unprofessional behavior while prosecuting several murder cases, including the Arias case.
After a State Bar investigation claimed Martinez violated a number of ethical misconduct rules, the Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee of the Arizona Supreme Court issued an admonition last September and recommended that Martinez be placed on one-year probation. Martinez refused the deal and requested a formal hearing.
The panel of three disciplinary judges deliberated for less than a minute before issuing the Tuesday ruling.
A complaint accusing Martinez of giving information to a blogger about the Arias trial and a holdout juror is still being investigated by the State Bar.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com