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Murder charges against a man and his brother for the 1989 murder of the man’s estranged wife have been dismissed due to the discovery of an affair between the prosecutor and a key state witness as well as the prosecution’s failure to disclose 10,000 pages of evidence.  The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office dismissed charges against David Zimmer, 66, and Robert Zimmer, 70, in the strangulation death of David’s estranged wife Cathy Zimmer, whose body was found wrapped in a quilt in her car parked at San Jose International Airport on March 10, 1989.

Deputy District Attorney Ted Kajani and DNA lab technician Amanda Cardenas were reassigned to other duties after their secret relationship came to light.  Kajani had alleged that DNA found on the victim’s clothing was linked to her husband’s brother, Robert Zimmer. He also alleged that David and Cathy Zimmer were having marital problems at the time and that David Zimmer stood to benefit from a life insurance policy he took out on his estranged wife.

Kajani had alleged that DNA found on the victim’s clothing was linked to her husband’s brother, Robert Zimmer. He also alleged that David and Cathy Zimmer were having marital problems at the time and that David Zimmer stood to benefit from a life insurance policy he took out on his estranged wife.  Assistant District Attorney Marc Buller said in a statement that “prosecutors will now reassess the case”.  Prosecutors can refile charges.  The case is being reevaluated not only because of the conflict of interest, but because the prosecution failed to follow discovery rules.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement, “We offer our deepest apologies to the family of the victim, but based on the totality of the circumstances, we simply cannot proceed without taking the time to reexamine and reevaluate the case to ensure we have not violated the rights of the accused, or compromised the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

David Zimmer’s attorney Michael Cardoza said that the case was wrong from the start, “He was an innocent man that was arrested because of an overzealous young district attorney that looked at evidence and interpreted it in the wrong way.”

It is rare for a high-profile case to fall apart in such a manner.  The case had national coverage, including the Nancy Grace show.

Steve Clark, a legal analyst with a local California station said, “This is something that is very much an embarrassment.  But it’s also a tragedy for people who may have been in jail wrongfully, but also for a victim’s family looking for answers.”

It was not publicly disclosed whether either state employee was disciplined.

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Jodi Arias (above), who is currently awaiting her September sentencing for a first-degree murder conviction, did not file a lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona’s controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio for contracting Hepatitis C in his custody.  TMZ and other Internet sites reported that Arias filed a lawsuit saying she was given a Tuberculosis vaccine in custody and the needle was not properly sanitized.  Jennifer Willmott, one of Arias’ lawyers, said the lawsuit is completely false.

Everyone should have suspected it as a fake, according to Willmott.  The return address listed Arias as being at the 4th Avenue jail in Pheonix, but she is being held at the Estrella Jail.  The signature on the lawsuit does not match Jodi Arias’ signature, which can be seen on her driver’s license.  The lawsuit is filed without her attorneys.

The lawsuit also alleges that Arias was denied medical care after her breast implant leaked, among other claims.  The lawsuit states that Nancy Grace colluded with Arpaio.  The lawsuit alleges that Arpaio intercepted sexual letters between Arias and the cousin of Travis Alexander, her ex-boyfriend, whom she was convicted of killing, and leaked them to Grace.  The lawsuit requests a restraining order against Grace and Arpaio because they are preventing her from getting a fair trial.

Arpaio seems to think the lawsuit is real saying, “Nothing surprises me with her.  She’s just angry…because…I stopped all the media from going to jail to interview her.”  He claims the lawsuit is Arias’ way of getting more media attention.