Arkansas Judge Ousted For Improper Social Media Posts
The Arkansas Supreme Court recently ordered the dismissal of a judge that posted confidential information in online posts, including information regarding actress Charlize Theron’s adoption case. Using the online name “geauxjudge,” Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio posted numerous comments on an online forum that were offensive and that oftentimes disclosed confidential details of cases before the court, such as Theron’s adoption in 2012. Maggio admitted to making the posts, as well as to engaging in other improper conduct. He is prohibited from holding any further judicial office in Arkansas.
Another reminder that social media activity, even outside of work hours and under a pseudonym, can significantly impact an individual’s employment.