Thursday, March 6, 2014

Report: Arkansas judge under fire for sexist comments made on LSU message board

Mike Maggio

Mike Maggio, a Circuit Judge in the state of Arkansas, is reportedly under investigation by the state's Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission after confessing to writing a series of comments made on an LSU message board, Tiger Droppings.

Under the screen name "geauxjudge," Maggio is said to have made several posts which were deemed both racist and sexist. Furthermore, Maggio may have also breached confidentiality laws by divulging private information about actress Charlie Theron.

The Big Lead has some excerpts of what Maggio reportedly posted:

In a June 2011 posting, “geauxjudge” suggested that women who seek divorces after their husbands cheat may be better off financially by staying married. In Arkansas, circuit judges like Maggio handle divorce cases, among other civil and criminal casework.

“I see it everyday. A woman makes (an) emotional decision to divorce because the husband stepped out. When otherwise he was a good provider, father, and husband,” the posting 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.”

And here's an excerpt that is racist in nature:

In a posting from last December about baby names, “geauxjudge” wrote about the effect a name can have on an individual’s success, the website reported.

“How many Doctors do you hear named Dr. Taneesha or HaHa?” he wrote, apparently referring to Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix, a black University of Alabama football player. “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.’”

Maggio had previously been running for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. As you might imagine, he has since wisely dropped his name from consideration.

A good rule of thumb here: If you wouldn't say it in person, don't write it online.