A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy due to his part in a scheme to bribe a judge in the state.
Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has been charged with conspiracy, bribery, and wire fraud for his role in the scheme. Former Judge Michael Maggio has admitted to receiving a bribe from a nursing home company for him to lower a jury’s judgement in a negligence lawsuit.
Baker reportedly aided Maggio in ensuring that the campaign contributions the company offered in exchange for the favorable judgement made it to him. Baker is a former state Republican Party chairman who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010.