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:
- At the current time, I am unaware of any JDDC complaint.
- 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.