Mag­gio as­signed to prison camp in Ken­tucky

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

The fed­eral Bureau of Prisons has as­signed for­mer Cir­cuit Judge Michael Mag­gio to a prison in eastern Ken­tucky.

Mag­gio, 56, is as­signed to the fed­eral prison camp in Pine Knot, Ky., ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

He re­cently be­gan serv­ing a 10-year sen­tence for a fed­eral bribery con­vic­tion.

The camp is a min­i­mum se­cu­rity satel­lite of the high se­cu­rity U.S. Pen­i­ten­tiary at McCreary.

Pine Knot lies in the Daniel Boone Na­tional For­est near the Ten­nessee bor­der.

The pen­i­ten­tiary has 1,528 male in­mates, in­clud­ing 158 at the camp.

The prison’s web­site had a no­tice Tues­day say­ing, “All vis­it­ing at this fa­cil­ity has been sus­pended un­til fur­ther no­tice.”

A record­ing on the prison’s vis­i­ta­tion an­nounce­ment phone line says in­mate vis­i­ta­tion has been can­celed for this week­end at the pen­i­ten­tiary but in­di­cates it is still open in the satel­lite camp.

No rea­son for the can­cel­la­tion was pro­vided, and the prison did not im­me­di­ately re­ply to an email seek­ing that in­for­ma­tion.

Mag­gio had asked to be as­signed to the fed­eral prison at Texarkana, Texas.

Mag­gio, a for­mer cir­cuit judge in Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy coun­ties, pleaded guilty to a fed­eral bribery charge in Jan­uary 2015.

He has un­suc­cess­fully sought to with­draw that plea. His at­tor­ney, John Wes­ley Hall, has said he plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Mag­gio’s ap­peal.

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