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JDDC issues Maggio press release

UPDATED: Lea issues statement: 'no knowledge of Maggio PAC'

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 1:32pm

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has issued a press release regarding its investigation into Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio. 

The release says that Maggio is cooperating in the investigation, and that while questions "regarding the timing of future events, as with any litigation, are difficult to answer," we can expect "either a public charging instrument or an agreed sanction to be issued by this office by approximately mid-August, 2014.

Maggio is being represented by attorneys Traci LaCerra and Lauren White Hamilton of the Hilburn Law Firm. 

Maggio is being investigated both for inappropriate and humorless online comments and the disclosure of a private adoption and for allegations of impropriety associated with campaign contributions from state nursing home interests that coincided with his reduction of a jury award in a nursing home negligence case from $5.1 to $1.1 million. 

Also today, Ancil Lea III, who is named as an officer of a political action committee (PAC) that contributed some of the money in question to Maggio's campaign, issued a statement in which he "publicly state[s] that no notification was ever given to me" that he had been designated an officer of the PAC or knew of the funds that passed through it. The PAC in question, along with several others involved in the Maggio contributions, was created by Little Rock attorney Chris Stewart.

"Someone took great liberties with my name without any kind of consent of my own," Lea's statement reads. "I am furious that my name has been associated with these actions. This has been very damaging and hurtful to both my family and me. I understand that others have found themselves in the same situation through similar PAC's (sic) that were created. I have sent a letter to Chris Stewart asking him to remove all records regarding my name with this unauthorized PAC."

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libertas 04/09/14 - 09:23 am
Paid Vacation

So now the disgraced judge is free to enjoy a long tax payer financed vacation?

Budnmud 04/09/14 - 10:30 am
Shoe Check

Did somebody step in something? I smell a bunch of crap...

Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd 04/09/14 - 11:16 am

strange indeed all these folks that have been linked to these pac's all of a sudden had no clue how there name got on these documents? Of course Mr. Stewart could have just pulled these out of the phone book I guess.

357 04/09/14 - 07:30 pm
Chris Stewart would have been

Chris Stewart would have been better off getting his names from the obituaries rather than the phone book.

lachowsj 04/09/14 - 07:34 pm
Inappropriate and humorless comments

"Maggio is being investigated both for inappropriate and humorless online comments..."

Is it wrong for a judge to post inappropriate comments? Or must they be both inappropriate and humorless? Would it be okay if the comments were inappropriate and funny? What about comments that are appropriate but not funny?

"I just shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know."--Not an appropriate comment for this thread but it is funny. At least I hope so or I could be in trouble.

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