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Judge banned for revealing adoption details

by The Associated Press on August 08, 2014 10:30 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge who disclosed confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron has agreed to a lifetime ban from the state bench.

If the state Supreme Court approves the settlement, Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio will be suspended with pay for the remainder of 2014 and then leave office. The move stems from a series of actions by Maggio, who also was accused of making off-color remarks in an online forum.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission alleged that Maggio, using the pseudonym “geauxjudge,” entered an online forum of Louisiana State University sports fans and shared details from Theron’s 2012 adoption of a baby in the same court division where he served.

In Louisiana, “Geaux” is a common spelling for “Go,” based on the French pronunciation of those letters.

“Did she get herself a black baby?” another person in the forum asked.

“Yep,” geauxjudge replied.

Theron’s publicists did not reply to emails seeking comment after the settlement was released Wednesday. The actress, who recently appeared in “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” told MailOnline in a story published in May that Maggio had several details wrong.

“This stuff happens and you try not to let it get to you. That’s on him. It reflects on him,” she said then.

In return for his stepping aside, the state disciplinary commission dropped its look at an ethics complaint that ended with Maggio paying a $750 fine to settle allegations he received improper campaign contributions.

The commission also alleged that in a 2009 post about divorce, Maggio said he was tired of hearing complaints that husbands work all the time while a wife withholds sex and becomes unattractive and nonsupportive. “What did she think was going to happen?” he wrote.

In 2012 he suggested that people can beat a drunken-driving charge by not cooperating with police, and also expressed a desire to obtain evidence photos from a case involving a cheerleader accused of sex with a minor.

The state disciplinary panel opened an investigation March 3 after the Blue Hog Report website noted a series of posts appeared to be coming from Maggio. Maggio subsequently tried to delete or edit some of the material.

The panel said information from various posts linked “geauxjudge” to Maggio: He’s an Arkansas judge who attended Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi, and has a daughter who played golf for LSU and Texas A&M University.

“Your statements online were not anonymous,” the panel said.

The disciplinary panel dropped its look at Maggio campaign contributions traced to a nursing home owner with a case pending in the judge’s court.

 


 

LOS ANGELES — Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are saying goodbye to “The View” next week.

ABC said their final appearance as co-hosts of the daytime talk show will air Monday.

The pre-taped episode celebrates Shepherd’s seven years with the show. ABC said Thursday that gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin perform a special song dedicated to Shepherd.

McCarthy received a lower-key farewell on Thursday’s show, with highlight clips from her single season as co-host.

Shepherd and McCarthy said in June that they would be leaving “The View.” It’s part of the show’s upheaval after creator Barbara Walters retired from on-camera duties.

The show will be in reruns starting Tuesday until its new season begins in September. There’s been no announcement of who will join remaining co-host Whoopi Goldberg and the returning Rosie O’Donnell.

 


 

DALLAS — Artwork from “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson’s three-day return to comics will be auctioned to benefit Parkinson’s disease research.

Watterson collaborated with “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephan Pastis for the three comic strips in June after a long absence from the funny pages. The strips will be sold today by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, with each expected to sell for more than $10,000.

Heritage says the three-strip arc follows Pastis’ alter-ego as he turns the drawing of the comic over to a second-grader.

At Watterson’s request, the artwork is being sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a charity established in honor of cartoonist Richard Thompson, who has Parkinson’s.

The proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“Calvin and Hobbes” ended in 1995.

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