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Judge questions whether Arkansas bribery case filed properly

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge says he will rule within the next few weeks on whether prosecutors properly applied the law when accusing a former Arkansas circuit judge of bribery.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller said Friday he thought former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio had gotten "cold feet" when he filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea this month. After reading the arguments, Miller said he had questions about whether the statute cited applied to Maggio.

Maggio was accused of accepting a campaign donation from a nursing home owner two days before reducing a jury award against the donor's company.

Maggio's attorney says the law requires the bribe to be related to government business. Prosecutors say other courts have ruled a strict connection to federal business isn't necessary.

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