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Juan Martinez disbarred, no longer able to practice law in Arizona

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 17:50:41-04

PHOENIX — Juan Martinez, who famously served as the lead prosecutor in the Jodi Arias murder trial, has been disbarred and is no longer allowed to practice law in the state of Arizona.

Martinez filed a consent to disbarment with the State Bar of Arizona, which announced Friday that it had accepted the filing and subsequently disbarred Martinez, effective immediately.

Juan Martinez was dismissed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office earlier this year for alleged 'retaliation' against women who had filed complaints about him, saying Martinez had said inappropriate things to them while they were at work.

Martinez originally filed for an appeal, claiming that the allegations had been proven wrong by an internal investigation, despite the fact that Martinez had received a formal reprimand and discipline for the actions.

Martinez has also been under fire for his actions during the Jodi Arias trial. State bar charges filed against him indicate he leaked sealed information to a blogger whom he was having an affair with, during the sentencing phase of the Arias trial.

His case had been referred to an independent counsel and was pending, but will not proceed now that Martinez has been disbarred.