The Arkansas Supreme Court today formally accepted the surrender of Mike Maggio’s law license. He’s the former Conway judge who gave up his seat and was barred from again being a judge after investigations began arising from his injudicious commentary on an LSU fan website and what grew into his guilty plea to taking a bribe to reduce a verdict in a nursing home negligence case.

As yet, Maggio is the only person named in a federal charge on the bribery case. But he has implicated two other people in his plea. The FBI investigation continues.

Maggio has had little to say publicly since the scandal broke.

The Supreme Court followed the recommendation of the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct to accept the voluntary surrender in lieu of disciplinary proceedings. Said the order: “Mr. Maggio acknowledges that he pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666(a)(1)(B). Mr. Maggio also states that he wishes to avoid the expense, stress, and publicity of further addressing his conviction.”


The order enjoins Maggio from practicing.