- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas circuit court judge has appealed his federal bribery conviction, saying he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in the case.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/29PdeuM ) that the appeal for Michael Maggio was filed Tuesday in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, saying there is no federal jurisdiction over his alleged crime.

Maggio pleaded guilty in January 2015 and admitted he accepted campaign donations from a nursing home company owner two days before reducing a jury award against that company by millions of dollars.

Tuesday’s filing says Maggio now disputes “any quid pro quo” for his ruling and that reducing the judgment was legally proper.

Maggio was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison, but allowed to remain free pending the appeal.


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

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