Ark judge under investigation bows out of race

FAULKNER COUNTY (KATV) -{}A Faulkner County judge under investigation for allegations including releasing confidential information about a high-profile adoption case is taking himself out of the race for court of appeals.

The State Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which regulates judicial conduct, is investigating a complaint alleging Judge Mike Maggio posted messages ranging from sexual in nature to political on an LSU message board.

Wednesday, Maggio released this statement saying in part "I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me. I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse. The comments posted were not acceptable. These comments are not a reflection of who I am."

He goes on to say "at this time, in light of the pain I have caused to my family, friends, supporters, the judicial branch, and the public, I have requested that the Secretary of State remove me from the ballot."