LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former Arkansas judge has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting he lowered a jury award in a lawsuit in exchange for campaign donations from a nursing home operator.
Prosecutors had recommended the maximum 10-year prison sentence for Michael Maggio, who pleaded guilty last year to a federal bribery charge. Maggio's attorneys had sought probation, saying the former judge had already suffered "personal, professional and political destruction."
Prosecutors accused Maggio of accepting a $50,000 campaign donation two days before reducing a jury's $5.2 million award to $1 million.
Maggio had been permanently removed from the bench in September 2014 for making inappropriate comments in an online forum — including the disclosure of confidential details about an adoption involving Hollywood actress Charlize Theron's child.