Judge Banned for Life After Disclosing Charlize Theron Adoption Details

Jeremy Blacklow
Yahoo CelebrityAugust 8, 2014
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Charlize Theron's ongoing legal drama surrounding the adoption of her now 2-year-old son, Jackson, has finally come to an end.

In what amounts to the ultimate breach of trust, an Arkansas Circuit Court judge who leaked confidential information online about the actress's 2012 adoption has been banned for life from serving on the bench.
Judge Michael A. Maggio, who was not involved with Theron's adoption case but worked in the same district, leaked several pieces of confidential information about the adoption, including Jackson's skin color.
Using the screen name "geauxjudge," Maggio posted details regarding the Academy Award winner's adoption on the Louisiana State University sports fan forum tigerdroppings.com. When asked if Theron had adopted a baby, he wrote, "I don't know if [this is the] right board but I have a friend who is the judge that did her adoption today. It was a single parent adoption. I offered to be the baby daddy," he wrote.
"Did she get herself a black baby?" someone in the forum asked.

"Yep," Maggio replied, before admitting publicly to being a judge himself.

The Theron case was just one of several that Maggio commented on in this forum. The Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission issued six agreed public sanctions against Maggio, which led to the ban for life.

Amongst other offenses made by Maggio in the online forum, as detailed in documents obtained by The Insider With Yahoo, were jokes about having sex with women who are bi-polar, suggesting a gift of "lube, beer and blow" as a wedding gift, saying that "all women have an agenda," saying that "women look at 2 bulges on a man A) the front and/or B) the back [wallet]," saying "how sex with teachers is like trophy hunting for teenage boys," and several additional racist, homophobic, and sexist comments.

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Maggio apologized and took responsibility for the incidents, before accepting his sanctions. He has been suspended with pay for the rest of the year, until his time on the bench runs out.

"It is with mixed emotions that I was faced with the decision of today," he wrote in a statement. "I am no quitter but I have always done my utmost best to attain and promote the highest ideals of the justice system. I accepted responsibility and apologized for the statements under an assumed pseudonym in a private sports blog that were attributed to me."

Theron, meanwhile, has always been, and remains, deeply protective of her son. "I want to do everything in the world to protect this innocent little boy," she told The Insider at a recent film press junket. "[He's], you know, going to have an awesome mom, but she has a sucky job that everyone wants to know about."