UPDATE – Friday, March 9th, from AZ-Central:
“A state committee on attorney discipline and ethics on Friday reinstated a Bar complaint against Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez and ordered the State Bar of Arizona to further investigate the allegations against him. CLICK HERE to read the 4 page PDF document, the Order Vacating Order of Dismissal, from 3/9/2018.
Attorneys representing Jodi Arias, perhaps Martinez’s most famous conviction, had alleged that Martinez used two trial bloggers, with whom he may have had intimate relations, to obtain and disseminate confidential information during Arias’ 2013 and 2015 trials. They also alleged that Martinez carried on an improper text-message and telephone relationship — including sexting — with a juror who had been removed from the jury to try to find information about the remaining jurors.”
From AZ-Central.com, March 8th, 2018:
Attorneys seeking disciplinary action against Jodi Arias prosecutor Juan Martinez have filed further allegations with the Arizona State Bar about Martinez’s conduct with women in the courthouse.
Within the past month, one former court aide told attorneys Karen Clark and Ralph Adams that Martinez, a deputy Maricopa County attorney, had sexually harassed her, and said that she could provide the names of seven other women who had suffered the same.
Another courthouse employee sent the attorneys a letter dated March 4 in which she described Martinez pushing her face into a piece of murder trial evidence that reeked of decomposition. Martinez’s action was famously deemed “inappropriate” by the Arizona Supreme Court when he waved that evidence in front of a trial jury for its “smelling pleasure” during a 2005 trial.
Clark and Adams filed the new allegations with the Bar’s Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee Wednesday. On Thursday, Martinez’s lawyer for bar complaints objected, and the counsel for the state Bar filed motions with the committee and the state’s presiding disciplinary judge to block the new allegations from being heard at a committee meeting Friday.
Clark and Adams’ complaint alleged that Martinez engaged or attempted to engage women with whom he had flirtatious or outright sexual relationships to get information about jurors or leak confidential case information over social media.
And while the second Arias trial was underway, Martinez allegedly carried on an inappropriate telephone and text-message relationship with a juror who had been dismissed from the case. The woman sent naked photos to Martinez and claimed he pressed her for information on what other jurors were thinking. Martinez claimed he quickly ended the correspondence, which the woman debates.
In the new letter to the Probable Cause Committee, Clark and Adams mention a woman who came forward after they filed their initial appeal. They write:
“This female court staff member reports that she was personally sexually harassed by (Martinez) in the courthouse, while she was working. The harassment included unwanted touching. She can provide the names of no less than seven other women who work (presently or in the past) for Maricopa County who were also sexually harassed by (Martinez) at the courthouse, while they were working at their jobs. These women include: judicial assistants, court bailiffs, court clerks, and a sheriffs deputy. (Martinez)’ sexual harassment of these women went on for years, including the time frame relevant to the events in this matter.”
The attorneys wrote they received a letter from a woman who was a supervisor in the county probation department where Martinez’s wife (at the time) was employed. Martinez was prosecuting the case of Cory Morris, who was sent to death row for murdering five prostitutes during sex and then keeping their bodies in the camper van where he lived until they had badly decomposed. Martinez alleged that Morris had sex with the dead bodies, which has been disputed during appeals.
The former probation supervisor wrote:
“l recall in 2005, I was walking in the courthouse when I saw (Martinez) and we began a conversation. While I have no memory of the exact conversation, at some point, he told me that he was prosecuting someone by the name of Cory Morris. He suggested that I go into the courtroom with him, after the court had convened for the day. I did so, and I recall standing in the back of the courtroom while he walked to an area, around the judge’s bench, and he returned with some sort of a box/container. He stated something about a horrible smell from the clothing worn by one of the victims, murdered by Cory Morris. l recall that he removed the top of the container and I could smell a horrible stench. l recall cringing from the smell, and the next thing I knew, he placed his hand on the back of my neck and pushed my face down into the clothing so that I could benefit (for lack of a better word) from the full scent emanating from this garment.”
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UPDATE: The JAA Appellate Fund total currently stands $115,923.05 — so let’s be sure to keep the momentum rolling throughout 2018, so the fund total can push on towards the ultimate target of $250,000. That in turn will help towards covering all the legal fees associated with appealing Jodi’s wrongful conviction.
All donations via Justice4Jodi.com go directly to the fund. It is also the ONLY website authorized to collect donations.
In addition, please DO NOT, under any circumstances, donate through any other website or Facebook page/group claiming to be “official” and/or acting with Jodi’s approval or authorization. The same applies to any “Jodi Membership Clubs”, groups or fake Trust funds that have been set up. These sites are bogus – they continue to steal money from Jodi’s future – and they should be actively avoided. If you are aware of any such sites, please help Jodi by clicking here and reporting them.
And remember… each day that passes takes us one day closer to Jodi’s release date…
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