Tagged: Gilbert Baker

Nursing Home King Michael Morton Expanding His Empire

Nursing Home King Michael Morton Expanding His Empire

Health CareLegalCover Story

Even though Michael Morton has been hit by shrapnel from former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s bribery scandal, the Fort Smith nursing home magnate is pushing forward with plans to expand his empire. read more >

Former Judge Mike Maggio Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Former Judge Mike Maggio Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Legal

Michael A. Maggio, the former Faulkner County Circuit Judge, waived indictment Friday and pleaded guilty to a federal charge of accepting a bribe in exchange for reducing a nursing home negligence verdict. Maggio admitted that he was "improperly influenced" to reduce a $5.2 million verdict against a business after receiving campaign donations from the business' owner. read more >

Some Are More Equal Than Others (Editorial)

Some Are More Equal Than Others (Editorial)

OpinionLegal

In at least three cases, politically well-connected Faulkner County couples were able to keep their divorce filings from public release. The divorce files of disgraced former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, former state Sen. Gilbert Baker and Conway Deputy City Attorney Chuck Clawson were sealed in such a way that the very existence of the petitions were kept secret from public for reasons that no one seemed willing to explain. read more >

About That Cooling-Off Period (Editorial)

About That Cooling-Off Period (Editorial)

OpinionLegal

Current law requires Arkansas lawmakers to wait just one year before they seek to take advantage of any clout amassed by hiring on to jobs as lobbyists that pay much more money than most of them have ever before seen. read more >

Gilbert Baker Resigns From UCA Post

Gilbert Baker Resigns From UCA Post

Former state legislator Gilbert Baker resigned Wednesday, effective immediately, from his position at the University of Central Arkansas. The university released a one-line statement announcing Baker's resignation. read more >