Judge Mike Maggio's campaign contributions investigated


The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission confirmed an investigation into a Faulkner County judge now includes campaign contributions.Circuit Judge Mike Maggio acknowledged earlier in the month that he posted comments on a Louisiana State University fan message board, Tiger Droppings, under the pseudonym "geauxjudge."{}Maggio also ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals."I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me," Maggio said in a statement. "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."The comments range from political to sexual.One post discusses a notable celebrity's confidential adoption, saying it was done in Arkansas by a friend who is also a judge.{}It wasn't immediately clear if Maggio, himself, was involved. Such proceedings are confidential in Arkansas.David Sachar, the executive director of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission, released a statement Monday stating:{}"The Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission is aware of the general allegations concerning campaign contributions to Circuit Judge Mike Maggio's race for the Court of Appeals. Under Rule 7C(3) I can confirm that there is an on-going investigation into this matter by this agency. Judge Maggio will have full due process rights during our investigation. Procedural rules of the Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission will determine the timing of the events in the case, including when more information is released. This office does not anticipate issuing further public statement until the case concludes. Possible conclusions include dismissal, agreed resolution or public charges."Maggio's campaign contributions include about $10,000 from six political action committees (PACs) that were funded by the defendant in a past nursing home negligence case, according to our news partner the Log Cabin Democrat.In the case, Maggio reduced a $5.2 million award to the plaintiff's family to $1 million.The PACs were formed within days of Maggio's ruling in favor of the defense.{}The apparent one-time use PACs were not directly linked to the defendant, Central Arkansas Nursing Centers, owned by nursing home Tycoon Michael Morton, but were funded through entities Morton owns or claims financial interest, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.The initial sole contributions would eventually fund Maggio's campaign for Court of Appeals.