- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Ethics Commission took no vote after a closed-door hearing in the case against Circuit Judge Michael Maggio - indicating it found probable cause Maggio violated state campaign finance law.

Under commission procedures, no public vote means the panel did not dismiss the case and will propose a settlement.

Commission Director Graham Sloan has said when the commission finds a lack of probable cause, it votes publicly for dismissal. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1weoZ1P ) that Sloan declined comment after Friday’s meeting.

Maggio also declined comment. His attorney said the judge complied with all laws and did not act unethically.

The ethics panel and others are looking into campaign donations from political action committees traced back to a nursing home owner that had a case pending in Maggio’s court.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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