Family Files Complaint Against Embattled Judge Maggio

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - The family of a woman who died in a Greebrier nursing home filed a complaint with the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission Thursday against Faulkner County circuit judge Mike Maggio.

Rosey Perkins and her sister Rhonda Coppak dropped off paperwork Thursday afternoon at the commission office in downtown Little Rock.

Perkins says she filed the complaint after reading recent accounts of Maggio's connections to the nursing home where her mother Martha Bull died in 2008.

"I just don't think the system is set up to protect people like us," Perkins says. "It's set up to protect people in power."

A Faulkner County jury awarded Bull's estate a $5.2 million award after a trial in 2013.

Mike Morton, which owns Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center appealed the amount.

Court records reflect Maggio called a hearing for July 8 to discuss the award amount.

Two days later Maggio entered a ruling lowering the award judgement to $1 million.

"To most of us it didn't seem right but we're just a family that tries to take care of ourselves," Perkins says.

According to documents obtained by liberal blogger Matt Campbell, Morton donated $3000 each to seven different Political Action Committees on the same day of the hearing.

When Maggio announced for a run for appellate judge late last year, five of the seven PAC's donated nearly $13,000 to his campaign.

Maggio dropped his run for appellate judge after admitting to posting defamatory comments on a message board about women, homosexuals, and a closed adoption by actress Charlize Theron.

But the path of money from nursing home magnate Morton to Maggio did not sit well with Perkins.

"The only way that anyone's mother, grandmother is not going to be done wrong is for us to follow this through," Perkins says.  "And make sure the judges that rule on this take light of the people they're supposed to be representing."

Attempts to reach Maggio at his Faulkner County office were unsuccessful Thursday.

Calls placed to Morton at his Fort Smith office were not immediately returned.

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