- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the sentencing date for Michael Maggio as the former circuit judge attempts to withdraw his guilty plea to a federal bribery charge.

Maggio is arguing that he’s innocent of the bribery charge to which he’d previously pleaded guilty.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller issued an order Tuesday delaying Maggio’s sentencing, which had been set for Friday. Miller said he would consider Maggio’s request to withdraw his guilty plea on Friday, then reset the sentencing date as needed.

Maggio admitted as part of his guilty plea in January 2015 that he had accepted campaign donations from an unnamed nursing home owner and a lobbyist in exchange for reducing a jury award in a negligence case involving one of the nursing home owner’s facilities.

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