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Ethics Complaint Filed over Martinez & the Jen Wood Trial Affair

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12 News Exclusive:

An ethics complaint filed against the high-profile prosecutor in the Jodi Arias case alleges he engaged in misconduct that may have compromised her trial, 12 News has learned. The complaint was filed with the State Bar of Arizona on behalf of Jodi Arias.

juan martinez jen wood trial affair ethics complaint

At the center of the accusation of misconduct against Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez is an alleged relationship with a woman who was blogging and providing TV commentary on the Arias case, according to a police report obtained by 12 News.

juan martinez jen wood trial affair ethics complaint

The woman, Jen Wood, was one of the two self-named “Trial Divas,” who dished about the Arias case on TV and online.

A State Bar of Arizona spokesman confirmed to 12 News it is “investigating an ethics complaint alleging that Martinez had inappropriate relationships that may have compromised the Arias case.”

Tammy Rose, a free-lance reporter who covered the Arias trial, filed a sworn statement with the ethics complaint.

Rose said she and Wood became friends while they were covering the trial’s death-penalty phase in 2015.

They would car pool to the Maricopa County Courthouse and trade text messages through the day.

“She told me this shocking secret that I was – so shocked when she told me – that she said she was having an affair with Juan Martinez,” Rose said in an interview from her Wisconsin home.

Experts on legal ethics say a relationship in itself wouldn’t violate Arizona Supreme Court rules governing conduct by attorneys… but if Martinez shared non-public trial information with a blogger and commentator like Wood, ethics experts say, that could be a problem.

juan martinez jen wood trial affair ethics complaint

“Attorneys in those kind of proceedings have to be especially careful to mind their ethical obligations,” said Keith Swisher, professor of legal ethics at the University of Arizona.

“They can’t (share information) themselves and, importantly, they can’t do it through a third party, including people with whom they’re associated romantically or otherwise.”

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Remember

WE ARE TEAM JODI – AND WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS in our quest for JUSTICE FOR JODI.

Make no mistake.

Believe it.

Prepare for it.

Be part of it.

SJ
Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

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61 Comments

  1. With some luck he will wind up like Kirk Nurmi and be disbarred. The case gets more and more bizarre as time goes on.

  2. It would be nice if some of our old regulars would return. We are finally seeing some forward movement and we need all the encouragement we can muster. (Not to mention some increased momentum in the appellate fund.)

      • Double Amen!!!! I miss all of the “oldies”!!!! Stop just reading and let us know your still here. Everyone should put their own personal views of this crazy world on the back burner. This is way too important to get our feelings hurt over ridiculous political view points. We must speak up when we see JUSTICE being CORRUPT!!!! Team Jodi is here to support and make sure that Jodi Arias receives her much deserved FREEDOM and nothing else!!!!! Three cheers for the TRUTH!!!!! 🙂 SELF DEFENSE IS NOT A CRIME!!! ♥ (((((((JODI)))))))

        • Hi RL!

          Good points. I agree. Having said that, if anyone stopped supporting Jodi just because they couldn’t handle a heavy election loss, and they used that as their “tipping point” to abandon ship, then it speaks volumes. They can’t have been real supporters in the first place. We know who they are.

          In the meantime, it’s good to see a few of the “oldies” returning to the fold!

          Happy 4th for tomorrow!

          SJ
          Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

          • Hi SJ! Happy 4th to you too!
            I admire and respect your continuous effort to support Jodi by hosting and maintaining this site.
            I know a lot of work and dedication goes into that.

    • This old timer is still here sorry I forgot my name and could not log in to comment no excuse but only timewilltell and then I remembered so good to see the news about Juan a bee get is ass on national TV news about his nasty behavior….

  3. I can already hear the Travis-Lovers: “What does this have to do with the fact the she’s a murderer?” That’s because there are three-dimensional thinkers and then there are one-dimensional thinkers.

    • They’re already at it on Twitter. Same ole name-calling and shit.
      Oh and aparently they are the same thickheaded imbeciles we got to know and hate.
      You know what they say: you can’t fix stupid!

      • I actually have started to feel sorry for them. . .smh ( I know 😯 ) They will be the ones who will suffer from their quick judgement against Jodi. From here to Eternity!

      • It’s amazing that they are still around. Jodi’s been gone for two years now and they still spend the precious days of their lives spewing venom. What kind of awful lives they must lead (as well as the people around them who have to live among such negativity). As I’ve said before, we have a mission to do good (whether they judge it good or not) while they just have a hateful hobby.

        • Hey Justus,

          I still think Jodi summed it up the best… There will always be people who are going to hate regardless of what the truth may be. These same people will likely never accept what we all know really happened.

  4. I don’t know where this Ethics complaint may lead but God knows we are all keeping our fingers crossed and kind of holding our breaths.

    Yes, for the time being we cannot speculate because Lady Justice seems to have abandoned the USA long ago; but even the possibility of this complaint making Kermit and Jen my-ass-Trial-Diva squirm feels SOOO good.

    Hey Frog and Pukeface : ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’ HA! YOUR TIME *IS* COMING!!!

    PS: Regarding posting here. Guilty as charged. Those of you who are my friends and we get to talk outside this website, you all know I am still 10000% by my Jodi’s side. Every.Single.Day.

    • I’m also guilty as charged, Maria. It was like I had said just about everything I had to say (probably many times over) and I think I also felt I needed a bit of a rest from it all. But I’ve never really left and I think about Jodi nearly every day, hoping she knows she has not been abandoned.

  5. Hi everyone. I have never stopped following the case & rooting for Jodi. As I said quite a long time ago I felt foolish commenting on here because I can’t afford to contribute to the appellate fund any time soon.
    I have a chronic illness and that leaves me with very little money to spare.

    I don’t mind at all what people’s political views are.

    What was done to Jodi is a perfect example of what is wrong with the U.S.
    Hopefully the tide will change.
    I’m VERY happy to hear this latest news story about Martinez & Jen Wood.
    I think it’s highly likely Jodi’s lawyer was certain there is solid evidence to back up the claims of impropriety that most certainly compromised the integrity of the trial.
    I highly doubt her lawyer would file the complaint for Jodi unless there is substantial proof of their allegations.
    I believe it’s highly probable that there are countless preserved screenshots etc of the entire intermingling of Jen Wood’s blog, T.V interviews (I think she was on HLN too), people actively involved in the trial and I assume there were several ‘pipelines’ back and forth and among critical people that once exposed will support the allegations against Juan Martinez & Jen Woods. During the trial it seemed that Jen Woods et al were unconcerned about being guarded about what they posted on line.

    I watched the recent videos posted by the news outlets reporting on the alleged affair (I totally believe there was an affair,) and I was surprised how frivolous Jen Woods’ attitude was in regard to a life and death matter. The video showed her saying how delighted she was dressing up in dresses and wearing stilettos.
    That frivolous attitude and the whole gossipy entertainment angle applied to something so important and serious, hopefully will make it easy to spot the wrong-doing of Jen Woods, Juan Martinez & any one else involved in revealing material that can be considered to have compromised Jodi’s case.

    I LOVE the fact that this latest ethics complaint against Juan Martinez is so timely in so many ways.
    He is the prosecutor in a case involving a serial killer. Surely that will garner immense attention, and that will create the increased likelihood that the unscrupulous affair allegations will be given significant attention by the main stream media.

    I’m also happy that increasingly news-outlets mention the numerous complaints that have been filed against Martinez by many sources and in reference to several cases, not just Jodi’s. More and more I see reporters including critical comments about Martinez’s record of ethical breaches.

    And, happily this affair complaint has been filed at a time where, as far as I know, Martinez is still awaiting his chance to appeal his probation.

    I believe Michael Kiefer had reported that Martinez’s decision to appeal leaves him very vulnerable because he is going to be scrutinized regarding his entire professional history, & that evaluation will be very similar to an actual jury trial, and it potentially opens him up to being disbarred.

    Additionally, Kiefer explained that a prime reason Juan Martinez chose to appeal the probation was because if the probation was doubly assessed as warranted, that blot on his record would make him very susceptible to having any future allegations likely to tip the scales so drastically against him, that there is a real possibility his career would be ruined, because the Bar will consider one more spot on his record to be the final straw.

    Even though Juan Martinez has gotten away with countless unscrupulous misconduct throughout his career, it is well publicized that many judges and many lawyers frown upon his unethical behavior and they are definitely chagrined about his sly ability to escape accountability.

    There was a T.V. documentary -years before Jodi Arias was ever known to the public- which focused on Martinez’s unscrupulous behavior in other cases- cases which resulted in people getting executed.

    Even though Jodi is my focus, I wish people that hate her would be open- minded and concede that there is an important, real history of unscrupulous conduct committed by Juan Martinez.
    And any person willing to be unscrupulous in death-penalty cases, is someone who should never be trusted.

    I’m happy to hear that Jodi’s life is getting increasingly happier over time- at least that is how it appears when I read information about her online.

    ……. It bothers me to see that people who hate her go so far as to request records of her visitors’ list.
    I understand why the correction facility keeps such records, but the general public should never be privy to them, because in high profile cases like hers, when the people who hate Jodi can obtain names of people who visit her, they have the means to harrass and intimidate the visitors, and that can make other potential visitors wary.

    As far as I know, when people mail Jodi cards and letters, the public isn’t privy to the names and addresses of the people who write her?

    I think I have seen people who hate her, post public info of the names of people who send Jodi money for commissary, care packages, gifts, books etc?
    I’m not sure about that.

    I’m not sure if the corrections facility permits the public access to that information to people who request it.
    I just know I have seen many posts of people who hate her trying to obtain all sorts of info about her and her supporters by requesting info from the facility, which might be granted due to the freedom of information act?

    It’s crazy the extent to which people who hate her obsess over trying to find out every minute detail of her life.

    It’s also crazy that so many people don’t realize the movies/ documentaries about her, are so fantastical and divorced from reality.

    ….. Hopefully Joe Arpaio will get his comeuppance this week and be sentenced to jail. I’ve read that unfortunately the DOJ sent pretty amateurish, inexperienced lawyers to handle the prosecutor’s case.

    Absurdly, Arpaio’s lawyer subpoenaed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in his trial and rightly Sessions refused, but it seems suspect that such inexperienced lawyers were assigned to Arpaio’s trial.

    Anyway, I hope I’ll have reason to bake a pink cake soon.

    • (Jen Wood)
      I’ve been browsing comments online about Jodi on the internet and it’s amazing to see that so many of the people actually write that her jury was sequestered, when any informed person knows that’s not true.
      And I see comments where uninformed people do not know at the time of the alleged affair, Juan Martinez was living with a woman he had been living with for years and she was his lover.
      So if the affair is true, obviously he was cheating, thus more evidence of his unethical character.
      And many online commentators don’t understand the article is not saying an affair in itself is the problem, but that the potential leakage of info to critical people and that influence on the trial, is the problem.
      And so often I see commentators who confuse Jodi with Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony etc.
      One commentator wrote Jodi accused Nurmi of sexual advances towards her, when actually, absurdly, it was Nurmi who falsely and delusionally accused Jodi of flirting with him. (Seriously, no matter how much Jodi’s detractors hate her, how can they possibly believe Jodi would ever be attracted to Nurmi?)
      And I see comments where uninformed people think Jodi is the only person TA ever had sex with.
      …. And so many more uninformed comments ad infinitum online.

    • Interesting point, Amy, about Martinez’s current vulnerability due to the probation issue.

      My understanding is that Jodi’s visitor list, commissary purchases, etc. are not public information, and certainly her mail is not. However, Perryville leaks like a sieve for information about famous inmates. On the bright side, I’ve never heard of anyone suffering any harm for visiting her or funding her commissary account. If that risk ever existed (which I somewhat doubt), it’s in the past. And no list of her correspondence has ever even been leaked.

      • Hi Alan,

        Those are very interesting points from Amy. Many of those points were the basis for my previous arguments that we should try to publicize somehow what we know is the truth. My arguments about the pictures were the main theme of this in that they show undisputed evidence(date -stamps) that she did not rob her own home. I am not even accounting for the fact that the Yreka police NEVER considered her a suspect. Maybe a police officer can testify that he was told she wasn’t home. This, in turn, eliminates the theories that she showed up with a gun/knife to his home. Once the premeditation arguments get trashed, the remaining case narrows to the events of June 4th by themselves. Unfortunately, because phone calls are not text backed up, Jodi will be the only person who can state what was said during those calls which we all now know is Travis conning/guilting her to stop by.
        The Casey Anthony profile is what made me bring up the publicity issue. I would argue that the pictures that Jodi took would have generated that kind of publicity and created some public dialogue which is what Jodi could always use, especially the kind that questions bad theories and corrupt prosecutors.

  6. Wonderful to hear from you Amy! I’ve missed your Pearls of Wisdom. Jodi appreciates everyone who cares and supports her quest for Freedom. ((((((AMY & Her Pink Cake))))))

  7. Hey everybody!!!!.. Maria, SJ, RL, JD and Justus
    Just when you thought it was going to be a long hot boring summer, we get a gift!!!!
    I know we will all enjoy watching the state of AZ crawl up JM’s ass with a huge flashlight. I know the big question will continue to be.. how much does this help Jodi?
    We would all hope that JM really did run his mouth to this lady because the more he talked, the more it helps Jodi.
    Amy, hope you are feeling well.. don’t worry about the fund.. I will send some for both of us!

  8. I have been thinking about the hold out juror in the death penalty phase of Jodi’s trial. She must have a few thoughts of her own about the complaint laid against Juan Martinez. She suffered so much for her decision.

  9. All I want for you is to accept God’s son Jesus as your personal Lord and savior. You will get true peace and forgiveness when you accept. John 14:6

  10. Just dropping by to wish everyone state-side a Happy 4th of July!

    Here’s some music to help you celebrate the day in style:
    https://youtu.be/lsF-H7j_eFA?t=5m57s

    If you’re in the states and you’re not proud to be an American, you need to get the hell out and go live in Syria instead…

    TTYL 🙂
    SJ
    Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

  11. Hey Justus,

    I stand corrected on Karen Clark. I would like to think that all of this stuff he has been accused of and been shown to have committed already will prevent him from being involved in anything related to Jodi’s appeal in the future?
    I was finally able to speak to my attorney neighbor over the holiday and asked him the “new evidence” question regarding Jodi’s hard drive photos. He said that the rules in my state are a little convoluted mainly because they exist to protect defendants against bad or lazy legal counsel. I got the impression that if this occurred in my state, the drives would not be allowed as evidence. If AZ follows the same path, Jodi’s only alternative would have to be direct testimony from Angela stating that the two of them were at the monastery taking pictures.. assuming nobody else comes forward that remembers that time 9 years ago and says that they saw them there. Needless to say, this is a B.S. rule of law if it is true!!!!!!!

  12. .@LawNewzNetwork on Digging into the #CaseyAnthony Trial archives, Also today, latest… pscp.tv/w/bC46YTk3NDI5… …. on #JodiArias

  13. Sheriff Joe has to wait a couple of weeks for the judge’s decision on his case. There is a stirring in the universe re these individuals who were so unscrupulous….

  14. Hi all! Glad to see the site back up and running. I just read the Tammy Rose post and wow at the amount of corrupt people involved in Jodi’s case! Isn’t Juan in a relationship with a fellow prosecutor? I wonder how she feels about this. I also lost my appetite at the part about Juan and Jen having sex before trial, so nasty! Jen sounds like a desperate nut, I guess she is proud that she had sex with Kermit, mind boggling!

    • Hey Vicky! ♥ I also read it and was amazed at how freely Jen has lied time and time again. If one will lie about themselves, then everyone is fair game for them. She sounds like a professional liar. Just the type for Juan to fall prey on and take advantage of. It appears that she was proud to be involved with the slimy, little man but MAKE NO MISTAKE he knew just exactly what his objective was and that was to sway the public and media in his favor against Jodi. Jen was an easy mark. Maybe we should rename him as Foxy instead of Frog. There certainly was a fox in that hen house! 🙂 Juan Martinez deserves to be DISBARRED and put away behind BARS!!!!! imo 🙂
      FREE JODI ARIAS ARIZONA! CLEAN UP THE CORRUPTION IN YOUR JUSTICE SYSTEM!!
      THROW BACK THE VEIL OF DECEPTION!

      • Psalm 82:3-4 NIV; Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

        THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL!!! NEVER DOUBT IT!!!

  15. Bed fellows often share information…what a sick outfit that is….I read Tammy Rose post as well. There are just too many complaints filed against Martinez…six in all I believe and four have been dealt with. His day is coming. He reminds me of a weasel more than a fox.

    • I have been wondering if there has ever been another prosecutor with as much baggage and complaints against him that JM has who is actually still a prosecutor anywhere??? This absolutely amazes me!!

      • Lance, Juan is like the canary in the coal mine. I see our democracy possibly rotting from the inside out and Juan (and those who excuse Juan) are the leading edge of that cancer. Perhaps if Juan can be taken down it will be an indicator that our democracy can hold up through this attack.

        • Justus,

          A canary is probably the nicest thing that he is!! To me, he is a POS prosecutor plain and simple! It’s ironic that Jodi’s case had to finally show the world what kind of POS he is. Hopefully, Jodi is able to win this scenario soon. I think she has already won the fight with Arpaio as he seems destined for prison.
          I think the democracy is OK fortunately because people like JM are the exceptions and not the rule. Most prosecutors are honest, earnest and unbiased and base ALL of their actions on the evidence and the rules of law.

          • I agree, Lance – most prosecutors are honorable people and I also agree that Juan is an exceptional POS. But my concern is not just with Juan but with the fact that there are so many people who admire and encourage the likes of that POS. They are what’s most frightening and present the greatest danger to our democracy.

            • I agree with your concern. I will say that the people that are admiring and encouraging him are doing so because they only know him superficially… which is through the media or the trial itself. I do believe that all of this recent news has brought him down a few notches. In addition, those same people already thought Jodi was a monster to begin with so they sided with POS from the beginning.
              This issue has been at the heart of an argument that I had brought up some time ago and was confirmed by the B.S. National Enquirer follow-up. An example of what I am talking about would again be from my previous post about the pictures. If they are ruled as “new evidence” and therefore inadmissible, why not still put them out to the media where they would create conversation and maybe a little doubt about her conviction.
              I have said before and I will continue to say that I think that JAII needs to somehow publicize your wiki page and if possible Jade’s posts and present an opposing side.. aka the truth.. to the media. Comments?

  16. Just posting to wish Jodi a Happy 37th birthday!

    Feel free to post your best wishes below my comment 🙂

    SJ
    Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

  17. HAPPY 37th BIRTHDAY JODI ♥ !!! KEEP SMILING!!!
    Praying that this year will be your BEST year EVER!!!! ♥

  18. Happy Birthday, Jodi <3 I didn't get a card sent to you this year, Jodi – Sorry – I haven't been very well, health-wise, and don't get out very much, anymore. Just hoping that your day has been a Good Day, for you. Take Care – <3

  19. Happy Birthday Jodi!
    There was a full moon on the night of your birthday, so I thought this poem fragment by Samuel Taylor Coleridge would be suitable:

    The Moon, how definite its orb!
    Yet gaze again, and with a steady gaze-
    It’s there indeed-but where is it not?-
    It is suffused o’er all the sapphire
    Heaven,
    Trees, herbage, snake-like stream, unwrinkled Lake,
    Whose very murmur doth of it partake,
    And low and close the broad smooth mountain
    Is more a thing of Heaven than when
    Distinct by one dim shade and yet undivided from the
    Universal cloud
    In which it towers, finite in height.

  20. Happy Birthday Jodi!!! I wish I could remember 37 :)!!!!!
    I’m with JD.. a nice little gift to the appeal fund is on the way.

  21. According to phoenixnewtimes.com a group of Perryville prison inmates strike over commissary price hike. They are only buying a toothbrush. It doesn’t say who is striking so don’t know if this affects Jodi

  22. Since Jodi works in the commissary, I would imagine it affects her as well. Obviously, commissary inmates don’t get “discounts” so any price hikes affect every inmate I am assuming. If I had to guess, the inmates that are striking do not have the financial assistance that Jodi has. I would also assume that, considering Jodi’s giving nature, that she is likely helping some of them obtain these items.

    • Really SAD how injustice continues in Arizona. It appears that the ones in charge of the commissary are nothing but low down “law abiding?” thieves. The crooked sheriff’s family ran the commissary where Jodi started out. What a shining star he is. . .smh. How many tax dollars has he wasted to self-promote himself? One can only imagine the millions they have milked off of the less fortunate. Shameful. Prison is an extremely lucrative business everywhere BUT the state Arizona should be at the TOP of the profit-making abuse list. FREE JODI ARIAS ARIZONA! CORRECT YOUR WRONGS! Protecting ones self from a vicious life threatening attack is NOT A CRIME! Deleting, Concealing and Withholding evidence is!

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