By Albert Lin
An Arkansas Circuit Court judge has withdrawn from the race for a seat on the state’s Court of Appeals and is under investigation for possible violations of the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct after making racist, sexist and homophobic comments on an online message board.
Mike Maggio admitted in a statement that he was responsible for the posts on the Louisiana State University fan site TigerDroppings.com. The comments, which date back to at least 2011, also accuse Arkansans of participating in incest and bestiality.
“I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me,” Maggio said. “I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse. The comments posted were not acceptable. These comments are not a reflection of who I am.
“During my life, I have prided myself in treating all fairly and with respect, both personally and professionally. My friends, family and colleagues know me and can appropriately attest to how I have treated others. I stand by their opinion and regret letting them down. I ask for both yours and God’s forgiveness. My actions are not indicative or illustrative of the conservative political philosophy of which I hold dear.”
Maggio was exposed by political blogger Matt Campbell on his website, Blue Hog Report. In a lengthy expos, Campbell described how he managed to identify Maggiowho went by the handle “geauxjudge”and included 39 of Maggio’s offensive posts.
Some of the less explicit ones are below:
“Women look at 2 bulges on a man, one in the front of the pants or second one in the back pocket. Whichever one is bigger they can do without the other.”
“News flash she is black by injection,” re: a thread on the rumor that O.J. Simpson is Khloe Kardashian’s biological father.
“OT ballers just gamble like Arabs, drink like Indians, and do the humpty-hump like rabbits.”
“How many Doctors do you hear named Dr. Taneesha or HaHa How many bankers do [you] hear named Brylee So Stick with something close to normal. Or come sit in criminal court any day and see the “common names”
“Find out when the gay/lesbian week is at DW [Disney World]. Nothing like having to explain to your 5 year old son why those two grown men in line for it’s a small world are kissing.”
“If you can have TGGLBS sex the[n] it is just a small step to this,” re: a thread dealing with bestiality.
“What’s the most used line in Arkansas: daddy get off me you are crushing my cigarettes”
“Sex with animals .. been there done that .. signed, Arkansas”
The blunder that has Maggio in legal hot water, however, was leaking details of actress Charlize Theron’s March 2012 adoption of a baby in Faulkner County, where he is a judge. Adoption proceedings generally are sealed, but Maggio revealed on TigerDroppings.com:
In response to another commenter’s question, Maggio also verified that the actress’ new baby is Black.
David Sachar, Executive Director of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, confirmed that the commission is investigating Maggio and said that Maggio should be receiving official notice of the inquiry shortly. According to the JDDC’s website, an investigation ultimately could result in the commission’s recommendation to the State Supreme Court that the judge be removed from office.
Maggio, who has been a judge since 2001, had to forgo running for reelection to his current seat in order to run for the Court of Appeals. His term expires at the end of the year.