An Arkansas judge has been banned for life from the bench for revealing confidential details on social media about Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron’s adopted son, Jackson, in 2012, media reports said Thursday.
In March, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio admitted to violating ethical rules by giving out details of the confidential proceedings of the adoption. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission reportedly alleged that Maggio used the screen name "geauxjudge" on an online forum for Louisiana State University sports, where he revealed that the child was adopted in Faulkner County, and said "yes" when a user asked, “Did she get herself a black baby?"
"I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me," Maggio said in March, according to E! News. "I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse. The comments posted were not acceptable. These comments are not a reflection of who I am."
The documents, which were obtained by the Arkansas Times, also said that Maggio made “improper comments as a sitting judge,” which included "improper jokes and posts about sex with bi-polar women, suggesting a gift of 'lube, beer and blow' when asked about potential ideas for a wedding present, a non-consensual 'rodeo sex' reference, incest references, how sex with teachers is like trophy hunting for teenage boys and how women make divorce decisions based on 'emotions' rather than business sense."
The documents also revealed that Maggio admitted that, since November 2005, he had authored all posts made by “geauxjudge."
If the state Supreme Court agrees to Maggio’s settlement, which will clear him of all charges if he steps down, Maggio will be suspended with pay for the whole year until his time on the bench officially comes to an end. He will also reportedly have to pay a fine of $750.
According to reports, Theron is yet to make any comments regarding Maggio’s settlement.