PHOENIX (AP) – – An investigation into allegations that former Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery covered up misconduct in a murder case has been dismissed, Montgomery said on Dec. 4.
The Arizona Supreme Court appointed an independent attorney to investigate the ethics complaint to avoid a conflict of interest. It was tabled a day before Governor Doug Ducey's appointment of Montgomery in September 2019.
Attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias had accused Montgomery of failing to oversee former District Attorney Juan Martinez and blocking the publication of public records.
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Montgomery said in a statement Friday that the complaint was frivolous and should affect Ducey's decision to replace Scott Bales, who has retired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The ethics complaint was dismissed on November 9 and is no longer open to appeal, Montgomery said.
"I am satisfied with the resolution and will continue to give my full attention to serving the people of Arizona as a judge on the Arizona Supreme Court," he said in a statement.
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