Ex-Judge Asks For Leniency In Bribery Sentencing

Mar 21, 2016

Former Judge Michael Maggio arriving for a recent court hearing.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A former state judge in Arkansas is asking that probation be considered for his sentence in a bribery case where he admitted to lowering a jury award in a lawsuit in exchange for campaign donations from a nursing home operator.

Attorneys for former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio asked Monday that he be sentenced below the guidelines in the bribery case. Maggio is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Maggio was accused of accepting campaign donations from the owner of a nursing home company and reducing a jury award against that company by millions of dollars in a civil lawsuit.

A federal judge earlier this month rejected Maggio's request to withdraw his guilty plea in the case.