A former Arizona prosecutor known for winning a sentence in the Jory Arius homicide has agreed to be disgraced in an ethics case in which he was accused of leaking the identity of Arias Zur And sexually harassing female law officers in her office.
PHOENIX – A former Arizona prosecutor known for winning a conviction in the Jodi Arius murder case agreed to be disgraced on Friday in an ethics case in which he was accused of identifying Arius Zuar Was leaking and sexually harassing female law clerks in her office.
Juan Martinez agreed to give his license to practice law, ending an ethics case going for trial in November.
Even though he still disputed the charges, Martinez filed in court stating that “I no longer wish to defend the charges but seek consent for consent.”
The State Bar of Arizona, which controls lawyers and was seeking discipline against Martinez, said the result was just.
Earlier this week, Martinez suffered defeat when the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated sexual harassment charges after being dismissed by a lower court.
In the ethics case, Martinez was accused of leaking an identity card to a blogger in the Arius case with whom he was having sex and lying to investigators about it.
The ethics complaint also alleged that Martinez stared at the chests of some female employees at the County Prosecutor’s Office and looked them upside-down as they walked away. It added that some female employees hide in bathrooms, busy working to avoid ducks or martinez in cubicles.
Two years ago, Martinez was reprimanded by the office of then Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery for improper and unprofessional conduct toward female law clerks. Montgomery now serves the state Supreme Court.
Martinez was fired earlier this year after 32 years as a prosecutor and was appealing for his termination.
Martinez and his attorney, Donald Wilson, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the incident.
Earlier this year, Martinez was reprimanded by the state Supreme Court for violating an ethical rule in three other death penalty trials. The court had concluded that Martinez’s sympathy for the victims and the fear of the defendants, and their failure to follow court rulings, jeopardized the integrity of the legal system.
Arius is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Travis Alexander at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
Martinez was criticized for disobeying court decisions such as writing a book about the Arias case and disobeying court decisions after a court ruling.
In a sidebar conversation between the lawyers and the judge during the Arius trial, Martinez told one of the defense lawyers that if he married her, he would kill himself. He apologized after objecting.