Life-time ban imposed on a Judge in Arkansas over leaking adoption details
On Thursday, the top court in Arkansas ordered the immediate removal of a judge, Mike Maggio, for spilling out confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron's child. He had also posted "concerning" comments and off-color remarks on a Web discussion forum.
Back in May 2012, the Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron held several interviews where she said she was the proud mother a healthy boy named Jackson whom she had adopted. Adoption proceedings are sealed under Arkansas law.
Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio entered an online forum of Louisiana State University sports fans and shared details from Theron's 2012 adoption case that was in the same court division where he served. The state Supreme Court imposed a lifetime ban that was agreed to by Maggio and the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.
This was not the first time that he did something that was not expected of him. In 2009, in his post about divorce, Maggio wrote he was tired of hearing complaints that husbands work all the time while a wife withholds sex and becomes unattractive and non-supportive. Then in 2012, he suggested that people can beat a drunken-driving charge by not cooperating with police. He also expressed a desire to obtain evidence photos from a case involving a cheerleader accused of sex with a minor.
For his actions, Maggio has been suspended from all his duties in March but has been allowed to retain his title and continue receiving his $140,000 annual salary until further review by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline Commission.
Maggio's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday, said Associated Press. Maggio, who has been a judge since 2001, had to drop his bid for a seat on the state Court of Appeals earlier this year after these charges.
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