Juan Martinez’s disciplinary hearing has been postponed from August 27th for 30 to 60 days after a judge dismissed some of the ethics charges against him late last Friday afternoon. Famous for his role prosecuting high-profile murder cases, including the Jodi Arias case, Martinez was supposed to begin a disciplinary hearing over a slew of alleged ethics violations. Apparently Juan had a habit of sexually harassing office staff but his lawyer argued that ethics rules do not regulate how one conducts oneself in the office. So those charges are out. What this means is that the reprehensible things he did in the office are a non starter. These things included — including telling an intern he “wanted to climb her like a statute” and sexually harassing female coworkers so relentlessly they hid in bathrooms to get away from him — will no longer be something those women will speak of about before the disciplinary judge. But allegations that Martinez shared confidential information about a juror, struck up a sexual relationship with a blogger writing about the Arias case then lied about it to investigators, and sexually harassed a court reporter will still be heard at the hearing
O’Neil is expected to hold a status conference on Tuesday to figure out how the case will proceed, Channel 12 News reports. If the judge determines Martinez has committed the alleged ethics violations, he could be sanctioned or disbarred.
And we now know how Jen Wood had the inside on the case, she was fucking the guy. The court reporter who said Martinez told her he wanted to see what was inside her skirt is still expected to ready to testify, as is Jen Wood, the blogger Martinez is accused of having an affair with and leaking information to. Shame on you Jen. You turned on your friend, you ruined a relationship and what did it get ya?
Martinez has been the subject of at least seven bar complaints in the past four years. This past March, the State Bar of Arizona filed a misconduct complaint against Martinez alleging that he had committed seriously unethical behavior during the Arias trial and inside the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. This disciplinary hearing stems from that complaint.
According to the complaint, Martinez began a sexual relationship with a blogger who was writing about the Arias case, then used her to dig up information on a juror who was preventing Arias from receiving the death penalty. Martinez wanted to find “information that might disqualify her from continuing the deliberation.” Once he figured out who the holdout juror was, he allegedly tried to get her dismissed from the case so he could get Arias sentenced to death, but failed.
Martinez is also accused of striking up a relationship with a juror who was dismissed from the case and using her to get a “read” on how two other jurors may be leaning in the case. When questioned about his actions at a deposition, Martinez lied, the bar complaint states.
In April, four lawmakers and 18 local, state, and national organizations signed on to a letter sent to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery demanding he resign for the way he has handled Martinez’s repeated misconduct. ABC15 has since reported that Martinez’s history of sexually harassing female coworkers goes back decades.
Martinez’s personnel file contains a reprimand from a supervisor in the early 1990s. The supervisor wrote: “It has come to my attention that there was an incident in February, where you made inappropriate sexual remarks toward a female attorney in this office. … It is now time that this behavior ceases, once and for all.”
In 2016, the Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee recommended that Martinez be placed on one year’s probation for his unethical behavior. But Martinez asked for a disciplinary hearing, in which deliberations reportedly lasted all of one minute before the charges were dismissed.
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RBMD and really disappointed mean dog peacing the fuck out.