- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors want a former Arkansas judge to report to federal prison as scheduled to begin his 10-year sentence for bribery.

Prosecutors oppose a request by former Judge Michael Maggio to remain free while he appeals his conviction and say Maggio should report to prison as scheduled on May 23.

Maggio has asked to remain free while he appeals to withdraw his January 2015 guilty plea. Maggio now argues that the federal law did not legally apply to him.

Prosecutors say Maggio’s appeal doesn’t raise “a substantial question of law or fact” that could reverse his guilty plea, lead to a new trial or reduced sentence.

Maggio admitted to accepting campaign donations from a nursing home company owner, then reducing a jury award against that company by millions of dollars.


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