89-0 House vote OKs judge-liability plan
A bill that would end judicial immunity for judges convicted of bribery passed the House on Thursday, while a companion bill dealing with abuse of office advanced through the House Judiciary Committee.
Both bills are sponsored by Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock.
The House voted 89-0 to approve House Bill 1007. The bill would allow litigants adversely affected by a judicial decision that is the result of a bribe to sue the judge for damages. Judicial immunity now protects judges from being held liable for their court decisions.
Former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio pleaded guilty in 2015 to lowering a jury’s $5.2 million judgment against a nursing home to $1 million, in exchange for contributions to his re-election campaign. Maggio is appealing his sentence.