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MCAO: County prosecutor Juan Martinez fired

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 23:06:16-04

PHOENIX — High-profile prosecutor Juan Martinez has been fired, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

A spokeswoman for MCAO confirmed the update Friday night, providing documents that detailed the move.

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel also released the following statement:

“Juan Martinez was dismissed from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on February 21, 2020. On March 2, 2020, an Appeal of the Dismissal was filed by Mr. Martinez, and therefore, this office is unable to provide any additional comment on the dismissal at this time. As County Attorney, I am committed to following public records laws and demonstrating transparency in the decision making of this office and have provided these documents in support of these ideals."

Martinez, who is best known for the Jodi Arias case, has been accused of prosecutorial misconduct, is under an ethics investigation and facing claims of sexual harassment.

Martinez is accused of having a relationship with a blogger who was covering the trial, ABC15 reported in August 2019.

His case has been referred to an independent counsel and the Arizona State Bar does not offer an opinion on cases it is not investigating, said Alberto Rodriguez, spokesman for the Arizona State Bar.

Martinez has filed an appeal to his firing.