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State Bar: Top Maricopa County prosecutor leaked secret information, lied, sexually harassed underlings

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Juan Martinez put Jodi Arias in jail for life.

 

By Jim Small |Arizona Mirror

The State Bar of Arizona has filed a formal complaint against star Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, alleging that he leaked confidential information during the murder trial of Jodi Arias, lied to Bar investigators and frequently sexually harassed women employees in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

His harassment of co-workers was so pervasive that “some of the female… employees created a ‘JM shit list,’ an unwritten list of (Martinez’s) unprofessional conduct with female employees,” the complaint alleges.

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The complaint, which includes allegations from two separate investigations, comes after Bar investigators concluded there was probable cause that Martinez violated the rules that govern the conduct of attorneys. Martinez has until the end of the month to respond to the complaint, and the likely next step is a hearing before the Arizona Supreme Court’s disciplinary panel.

Punishments from the disciplinary panel can range from formal sanctions to suspending an attorney’s license to practice to outright disbarment.

“If, after a hearing before the Arizona Supreme Court’s disciplinary panel, sanctions are considered appropriate, the court would decide the appropriate course. The bar would not speculate as to if they are appropriate or what they would be,” said State Bar spokesman Rick DeBruhl.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said it wouldn’t comment on the complaint.

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