PHOENIX (AP) — A high-profile Arizona prosecutor challenged a decision to fire him after a 30-year career.
Martinez became well known when he prosecuted Jodi Arias, who was convicted of killing Travis Alexander in his Mesa home in 2008.
The appeal filed by Martinez’s attorney, Thomas Brown, said the prosecutor was disciplined after allegations he sexually harassed female law clerks and a female deputy county attorney from 2007 to 2017.
Martinez received a written reprimand and completed a recommended sexual harassment training session.
Kenneth Vick, the county’s chief deputy attorney, is attempting to punish Martinez over conduct for which he was already disciplined, the appeal said.
“Mr. Martinez rightfully believed that after accepting the discipline, he should be able to move forward with his distinguished career,” Brown wrote.
Martinez’s attorney also questioned the chief deputy’s authority to take action to terminate the prosecutor since he is not the county attorney.
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel declined to comment because of Martinez’s appeal.