Arias Prosecutor Juan Martinez Placed On Paid Leave, Accused Of Misconduct

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 9:07am
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 11:32am
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Longtime Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez has been placed on paid administrative leave. He is best-known for prosecuting convicted murderer Jodi Arias.

Martinez is accused of misconduct in that case and others. 

In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said:

“On Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Juan Martinez was placed on paid administrative leave. We currently have no further comment on this personnel matter at this time.”

In October, the Arizona Court of Appeals heard arguments from attorneys trying to overturn the murder conviction of Arias. They say the misconduct by Martinez interfered with their client’s right to a fair trial.

Martinez was reassigned from high-profile capital litigation bureau to the auto theft division.  He has denied all of the allegations.

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