Author: Brahm Resnik
12 News has learned next week’s ethics trial for Juan Martinez will be delayed. He remains accused of lying about sex with trial blogger and contacts with juror.
The ethics trial scheduled to start next week for Jodi Arias prosecutor Juan Martinez could be postponed for a month or more after the judge in the case tossed out sweeping sexual harassment allegations against Martinez, 12 News has learned.
Martinez is accused of violating the Arizona Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct by lying about his sexual relationship with an Arias trial blogger; lying about his contacts with a dismissed Arias juror; and sexually harassing several female co-workers at the Maricopa County attorney’s office, as well as a Maricopa County court reporter.
The veteran Maricopa County prosecutor, known for his aggressive tactics in high-profile cases, had been scheduled to go before a disciplinary panel starting Tuesday for a possible four-day hearing, with about a dozen witnesses expected to testify.
But late Friday, Professional Disciplinary Judge William O’Neil agreed to Martinez’s lawyer’s request to dismiss the allegations involving conduct at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, according to attorneys familiar with the case.