Arizona judge drops some charges against Arias prosecutor Martinez
PHOENIX — A judge has dismissed some of the State Bar’s ethics complaints against Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, who became known for his involvement in the Jodi Arias trial.
A disciplinary hearing concerning other complaints against him was postponed 30-60 days, ABC15 reported.
The complaints dismissed had to do with accusations that Martinez sexually harassed female staff members.
“His actions did not technically violate the ethical rules for attorneys,” KTAR News 92.3 FM’s legal analyst Monica Lindstrom said.
“The allegations the judge dismissed had to do with Juan Martinez’s conduct within his office, not in the actual courtroom.”
According to the TV station, Martinez allegedly told a law clerk he wanted to climb her like a statue, and he told another he wanted to know her underwear color.
ABC15 said the other complaints, including that Martinez leaked the name of a juror to a blogger he was having a sexual relationship with, will be dealt with in the postponed hearing.
“Although some allegations were dismissed, other allegations continue to go forward,” Lindstrom said.
“These are in regards to his interaction with jurors and alleged false statements he made during an investigation into his actions.”
Martinez was investigated in 2017 for possible ethics violations for what he wrote in a book about the Arias case and in 2015 when he was accused of violating professional conduct standards.
The book was published shortly after the trial concluded. The review committee dismissed the charge but noted the decision and timing of the publication was of great concern because the book contained information that wasn’t necessary for the public to know and didn’t serve law enforcement purposes.
Arias was found guilty in 2013 of the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
She testified that she killed him in self-defense, stabbing him nearly 30 times and slitting his throat at his home in Mesa in 2008. Alexander had also been shot.
The explicit nature of Arias’ testimony drew worldwide attention.