Judiciary

Controversial 'geauxjudge' commenter admits he is a judge, drops out of appellate race


A controversial online commenter who goes by the handle “geauxjudge” is an Arkansas judge who is now under investigation by ethics regulators for the judiciary.

Circuit Judge Mike Maggio admitted on Wednesday that he is the commenter and dropped out of a campaign for the state’s court of appeals, report the Associated Press and the Arkansas Times Arkansas Blog. Above the Law notes the development.

Maggio apologized for his comments on a Louisiana State University message board called Tiger Droppings. His admission comes after the Blue Hog Report blog used biographical information in geauxjudge’s posts to conclude that the writer was Maggio.

One of the controversial posts apparently commented on the name of a University of Alabama football player who is black, Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix. “I do agree about names may not be predictors of future success but in reality: How many doctors do you hear named Dr. Taneesha or Ha-Ha? 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,’ ” the post said.

Geauxjudge also talked about marriage in his posts, suggesting that women whose husbands cheat would be better off if they stayed married. “I see it every day. A woman makes [an] emotional decision to divorce because the husband stepped out. When otherwise he was a good provider, father and husband,” the post says. “Then a year or two later realizes uh oh I am worse off financially, emotionally and relationship wise but hey they showed that SOB. Too many times the women get their advice from other divorced women.”

In another, he wrote, “Men have two needs. Feed me and f— me. Take care of both we will be good. Whichever one you don’t then the man will find. Women have need for security. So man take care of that and will be OK.”

He also commented on a story about a woman having sex with a dog, saying it was “just a small step” from having “TGGLBS” sex. The initials apparently referred to transgender, gay, lesbian or bisexual sex.

Another post talked about a “judge friend” who handled the adoption of a son by actress Charlize Theron. Maggio talked about the details, though adoption proceedings are confidential in Arkansas the AP story says.

In his statement, Maggio apologized for a lapse in personal judgment. “During my life, I have prided myself in treating all fairly and with respect, both personally and professionally,” the statement said. “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.”

The next paragraph of Maggio’s statement blames politics for the revelations. “It is a shame that the politics of personal destruction take precedence along with the win at all costs mentality that results in the disjunction,” he said.

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