Juan Martinez, the notorious prosecutor in the Jodi Arias case, is unsurprisingly in a whole bunch of hot water:
“Martinez committed instances of highly publicized misconduct too numerous” during that trial to be fully recounted, the organization wrote to the state bar. That said, the group does go on to accuse Martinez of being slow to produce evidence that could help the defense, misrepresenting expert testimony, acting unprofessionally toward the defense counsel and outing the identity of a juror during proceedings against Arias.
I admittedly came away after reading this article in a little bit of shock. Is that all it takes in the state of Arizona?
In Centre County this is just the regular course of business. I think the specific rule reads:
Standard 3-1.4 Public Statements – (a) A prosecutor should not make or authorize the making of an extrajudicial statement that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication if the prosecutor knows or reasonably should know that it will have a substantial likelihood of prejudicing a criminal proceeding.
This is the same rule that brought down Mike Nifong who was the famed prosecutor who went after the Duke Lacrosse Players for bogus rape allegations. He paraded that case through the press, much to his ultimate detriment.
Statements to the media should be measured, classy and comply with the rules. They should not be designed to injure or to heighten the condemnation of the accused. Routinely the local papers prints the District Attorney’s press violations, and seldom are is any response allowed by local defense attorneys. Most of the time the defense attorneys, in fact, go unnamed.
Last time I checked public ridicule was not a legal sentencing under any sentencing guidelines in this state. Prosecutors who abuse their privileges so they can show boat in the media should be punished like Mike Nifong and Juan Martinez.