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Maggio 'unaware of judicial complaint'

Posted: March 4, 2014 - 5:09pm

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio issued a statement saying that he is unaware of any formal complaint to the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. 

Maggio's statement is as follows:

  1. At the current time, I am unaware of any JDDC complaint.
  2. If in fact there is a complaint, I am prohibited from commenting.

It had been rumored that the current Faulkner County Circuit Judge was considering withdrawing his candidacy for the Arkansas Court of Appeals after he was linked with embarrassing misogynistic and mean-spirited posts on a Louisiana State University forum.

The forum participaint "geauxjudge" also disclosed that actress Charlize Theron had adopted a child from Faulkner County in a closed proceeding. 

An alternative news website, the Blue Hog Report, claimed that "geauxjudge" was Maggio on Monday, citing posts in which "geauxjudge" describes attending schools consistent with Maggio's biographical information. 

It has not been confirmed on any official level that Maggio is "geauxjudge." Also, poor grammar and some misspellings may call the authenticity of the posts into question. 

David Sachar, executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, said that Maggio "has or will' receive notice of the complaint. Sachar said that he couldn't comment on the complaint other than to confirm that formal claims involved alleged misuse of confidential information and "impropriety or the appearance of impropriety."

Maggio's statement was sent by email from his campaign consultants, Impact Management Group. 

“Our firm will no longer be representing Judge Maggio moving forward. Any future press inquiries should be directed to Judge Maggio,” Clint Reed stated on behalf of Impact Management Group. 

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 03/04/14 - 05:40 pm
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Oh wow

This is turning in to quite a thing.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 03/04/14 - 06:19 pm
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justoffcenter
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justoffcenter 03/04/14 - 07:33 pm
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Need to find the other Judge

Need to find the judge that talked to Maggio, they are just as guilty as he is.

This dude has been a scumbag for a long time, way before he was a judge. Must have made someone in the good ol' boy network upset. Maybe overstepped on someones honey-hole? Bigger fish than this in the murky end of Faulkner County politics if they would look.

Why do the people of Faulkner County keep doing this to ourselves?

Raving Bear
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Raving Bear 03/04/14 - 09:55 pm
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Part of the reason is we

Part of the reason is we don't have any real investigative journalism in Faulkner County. If people had not complained on Facebook I doubt these stories would have been published. Just looking at the way the Cabin covered the giant dunce cap tree proved we don't have journalists here, just rubber stamps.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 03/04/14 - 08:28 pm
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I think the allegation is

I think the allegation is that Maggio was referring to himself as "the friend." Meaning that he presided over the adoption. Again, we don't know if any of this is true right now. But we do know that the facts of the Blue Hog Report are substantially what's being investigated by the JDDC.

Thanks for reading.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 03/04/14 - 09:04 pm
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Is it proper?

If there was in fact a closed adoption involving Charlize Theron, is it proper for the LCD to reveal that?

Raving Bear
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Raving Bear 03/04/14 - 09:53 pm
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Sure it is, the fact that a

Sure it is, the fact that a judge was breaking rules means the story and the revelations become public. The impropriety is on the part of the judge.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 03/04/14 - 09:53 pm
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Lachowsj, that's a good

Lachowsj, that's a good question.

It's a judgment call.

KATV didn't with their TV report, and that's a defensible decision. But to my mind when the cat's out of the bag, like it was when Arkansas Times published information revealing the Theron adoption proceeding, the cat's out of the bag.

The general rule is that if confidential information is gathered lawfully by a journalist then generally its publication is permissible. An exception to this rule would be publishing something on the order of a list of secret government agents currently operating in unstable countries.

Let me make one thing very clear, though: it is emphatically NOT OK for anyone to publish the identities of adoptive parents in a closed hearing. That's a big part of why these allegations are being investigated.

There was an open adoption proceeding in Conway not long ago where the adoptive parents agreed to have their names published in this newspaper. I wouldn't do it, for reasons cited in this story. But when the damage is done, there's no longer a privacy interest to protect.

I can understand the merits of an argument against publication in this case, though. It's one of a lot of tough decisions you make in this line of work.

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ernie 03/04/14 - 10:21 pm
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Awesome job by the Blue Hog

Awesome job by the Blue Hog Report and the Arkansas Times in breaking this story and getting it to us in such a timely manner. These same folks brought down a corrupt lieutenant governor just a few weeks ago. Between these two groups and Debra Hale-Shelton and her groundbreaking work on UCA corruption some time back, journalism is clearly alive and well in Central Arkansas.

Raving Bear
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Raving Bear 03/05/14 - 08:22 am
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Just not at the cabin.... we

Just not at the cabin.... we all saw how they rubber stamped the tree from hell and tried to libel the opponents of wasteful spending.

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