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Ark. judge’s online posts draw scrutiny

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist, and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron’s adoption of her son.

Circuit Judge Mike Maggio acknowledged Wednesday that he posted the comments on a Louisiana State University fan message board, Tiger Droppings, under the pseudonym ‘‘geauxjudge.’’ He also ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

‘‘I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me,’’ Maggio said in a statement. ‘‘I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse.”

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The state’s Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission is investigating the posts.

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A political blogger first suggested Monday that ‘‘geauxjudge’’ was Maggio. He included screen grabs of ‘‘geauxjudge’’ postings from the past few years, including some that dropped biographical hints or that many would find racist, sexist, or homophobic.

Associated Press