The Faulkner County Quorum Court will request a full-time temporary judge to take up slack left since Mike Maggio was effectively removed from the bench in March.
County Attorney David Hogue will be drafting the request in the form of a resolution asking the state Supreme Court to appoint a special judge on a permanent basis until the first of the year, when Troy Braswell takes the Division II judgeship.
Circuit Judge Charles “Ed” Clawson has taken on all of Maggio’s criminal cases, and judges David Clark and H.G. Foster have split Maggio’s civil cases.
The circuit judges can ask the Supreme Court to appoint a special judge in individual cases, and this has happened several times. Justice of the Peace Frank Shaw, a Conway attorney, brought up the proposed resolution at Tuesday night’s Quorum Court meeting.
Shaw said on Wednesday that a resolution expressing the county’s need for a full-time temporary judge was the appropriate way to preserve “the orderly administration of justice.”
Maggio is still the Division II Circuit Judge, but the state Supreme Court “stripped his docket,” or removed cases under his control and assigned them to other judges. An investigation into allegations that a campaign donation by state nursing home interests was in exchange for a reduced jury verdict in a nursing home negligence case is ongoing. The Judicial Discipline and Disability Board is investigating the allegation, as well as confidential information that was released amid some embarrassing online activity by Maggio, and has not issued a final decision. The board’s harshest outcome could be a recommendation to the Supreme Court that a judge be removed.