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Update: Faulkner Co. Officials Asking Judge be Appointed to Maggio Cases

Maggio was stripped of his docket by the Arkansas Supreme Court in March.
(Update, June 19):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Faulkner County officials are asking for a judge to be appointed to handle Division II Circuit Judge Mike Maggio's cases.

Maggio was stripped of his docket by the Arkansas Supreme Court in March.

The Supreme Court has been finding special judges to handle the cases one at a time.

An investigation by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Board is looking into allegations that a campaign donation by state nursing home interests was in exchange for a reduced jury verdict in a negligence case.

The Faulkner County Quorum Court wants the Supreme Court to appoint a judge for the remainder of the year to handle all of the case load.

Troy Braswell takes the Division II judgeship next year.

Justice of the Peace Frank Shaw, a Conway attorney, brought up the proposed resolution at Tuesday night’s Quorum Court meeting, the proposal passed by a unanimous vote.

Shaw expects the resolution request to the Supreme Court to be prepared and voted on by the Quorum Court in mid July or at a time to be determined by the County Judge.

(Original Story, March 24):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Special judges are taking over the caseload of an Arkansas judge under investigation by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

That is the order today from Chief Justice Jim Hannah of the Arkansas Supreme Court in the matter of District Judge Mike Maggio.

Hannah'a order states that the special judges will hear "all pending cases and any cases filed while this order is in effect."

Judge Maggio represents the 20th Judicial District, Division 2 (Faulkner County).

He's under investigation for comments he made on an online message board. One comment from early 2012 named a Hollywood actress as the adoptive parent of a child who's case was handled in Faulkner County, which could be grounds for sanction against Maggio. 

Our content partner the Arkansas Blog (Arkansas Times) reports investigators are also looking into the circumstances of contributions made to Maggio's recently cancelled appellate judge campaign by a Fort Smith nursing home while he was in the process of reducing a multimillion dollar verdict against a related nursing home.

An ethics complaint has also been filed against Maggio.
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