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Maggio formally requests removal from May ballot

Posted: March 6, 2014 - 2:41pm

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office received a formal request from Mike Maggio today to remove his name from the ballot.

 

Maggio, a Faulkner County Circuit Judge, announced his intention to drop out of the Arkansas Court of Appeals race on Wednesday. At around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Maggio’s former campaign consultancy firm was emailing media outlets, including the Log Cabin Democrat, a statement from Maggio detailing his intention to withdraw from the race.

 

The consultancy firm, Impact Management Group, dropped Maggio as a client on Tuesday afternoon after Maggio released a statement saying only that he wasn’t aware of any formal complaint against him and that he couldn’t comment on a complaint even if he had.

 

Clint Reed of Impact Management Group said that he was sending Maggio’s statement of his intention to withdraw from the race to the media as a courtesy, and again stated that he was no longer representing Maggio.

 

Arkansas Secretary of State spokesman Alex Reed said 5 p.m. today was the deadline for Maggio to provide his office with a signed, sworn and notarized request to remove his name.

 

Maggio’s prospects for the Arkansas Court of Appeals race were spoiled on Monday when an online alternative news website, www.bluehogreport.com, linked the judge with generally mean-spirited and misogynistic posts on a LSU sports fan message board by a user under the pseudonym “geauxjudge,” who also disclosed that the actress Charlize Theron had adopted a child in a closed Faulkner County proceeding.

 

Maggio admitted to being the author of the “geauxjudge” posts in his statement released on Wednesday and apologized for “my lapse in personal judgment.”

 

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has been investigating Maggio’s online activity for potential violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Maggio would not necessarily have been notified of the investigation until its conclusion. David Sachar, executive director of the commission, said that he couldn’t comment on ongoing investigations, and so couldn’t say when the commission was made aware of the “geauxjudge” activity. Sachar did say that the investigation involves misuse of confidential information and “off-bench” impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.

 

A judge is given 21 days to respond to a formal notification of the grounds for possible breaches of the Code of Judicial Conduct. After review of the judge’s response, the commission may dismiss the complaint or issue a written admonishment of the judge’s activity. For more serious violations a public formal disciplinary hearing may be held, with the most severe disciplinary actions being a recommendation from the commission to the Arkansas Supreme Court to suspend or remove the judge. 

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libertas
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libertas 03/07/14 - 08:57 am
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One cannot help but feel compassion for Judge Maggio's family particularly his daughter, but maybe the exposure of his incredible bigotry and misogyny will open the door for investigations into where he has abused his power and ruled based on those beliefs. I cannot imagine anyone going before him now will have confidence in his rulings, and all of the people that have looked the other way and covered for him should be very worried as well.

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johnb 03/07/14 - 09:12 am
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reader
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reader 03/07/14 - 10:33 am
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Judge Maggio

Should immediately resign.

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sevenof400 03/07/14 - 09:52 pm
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It isn't often I agree with Reader....

....but this is a no brainer.
Maggio needs to resign. If he can't figure that out, some of his fellow judges should have a talk with him and encourage him to do the right thing.

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Raving Bear 03/07/14 - 03:39 pm
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Apparently in some of his

Apparently in some of his postings he advocated forcible rape, what he called rodeo sex.... With such sexist comments reflecting what can only be deeply held biases against women I expect to see a ton of lawsuits and motions to re-open cases.

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odoketa 03/08/14 - 09:12 am
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costly

I imagine anyone with the money to do so will be lawyering up at this point. I wonder if he has also opened himself to personal liability, in addition to the possibility of all of his rulings being overturned.

libertas
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libertas 03/07/14 - 06:26 pm
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National Spotlight

It's hit the national media, I wonder how all of the people that have covered up for him will fare under this spotlight.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/07/3376181/[filtered word]-are-just-[filtered word]...

Raving Bear
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Raving Bear 03/08/14 - 10:21 am
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New York Post, WaPo,

New York Post, WaPo, Gawker.... Mike Maggio has made our state the butt of another joke.

libertas
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libertas 03/08/14 - 11:24 am
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It's No Joke

Judge Maggio is not just a judge, I believe he is also the Administrative Judge of the 20th Judicial District, he sets the tone for the court. His rulings involving minorities and women absolutely must be investigated I can think of one in particular that now finally is going to get the scrutiny it has long deserved because of these recent disclosures. The voters need to pay attention, voting for a judge just because he's been a judge results in judges like this. June is not that far away, be informed because of those that are running for the open seats only two are truly qualified and have the moral underpinning to be what this county needs and neither of them is currently a sitting judge.

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