Judge: Yep, I Leaked Charlize Adoption Details
Admits revealing confidential information 2 months before Theron's announcement
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2014 10:56 AM CST
This photo taken Feb. 24, 2014, and provided by the Arkansas Secretary of State on Thursday, March 6, 2014, shows Circuit Judge Mike Maggio posing in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/Arkansas Secretary of State, Danny Harris)

(Newser) – An Arkansas judge has admitted he leaked confidential information about Charlize Theron adopting a baby in 2012, two months before she announced the adoption, the New York Daily News reports. Mike Maggio, 52, posted the information on a Louisiana State University online fan message board, using an anonymous profile with the name "geauxjudge." Among other things, he revealed Theron's new son was black. It's not clear whether the adoption actually went through Maggio's court, the Arkansas Times reports; it's also possible it went through a colleague's court and that colleague conferred with Maggio (which is what Maggio's posting seems to indicate). Either way, the information was supposed to be kept confidential.

Under the same profile, Maggio also posted perhaps hundreds of comments, many of them offensive to blacks, gays, and women. (In his posting about Theron, Maggio cracked that he "offered to be the baby daddy.") Blogger Matt Campbell first put things together in a post on Blue Hog Report this week (where you can see a screenshot of Maggio's Theron postings and many others), and now the judge has confirmed the story—and withdrawn from the Arkansas Court of Appeals race. "I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me," he says in a statement. "I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse."

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Mar 12, 2014 3:09 PM CDT
In today's society nobody really bat's an eye, except this particular judge, about a White celebrity adopting a Black child. However, I pose this question to you all. What does it say when the NH Family Court and NH Supreme Court Justices rule prohibiting a Black father from having a say in the educational upbringing of his own bi-racial child born from a marriage allthewhile deeming him fit parent, a proper male role model and still retaining joint legal and physical custody? That's the epitome of Judicial Racism, but you will never hear of it because the media refuses to give the latter case the negative press the NH Judicial Branch deserves? Why, there was no written opinion, thus no opportunity for any public outrage. Ironically the Arkansas Court of Appeals have had a number of cases since 2004 involving race in a child custody case and in each one the court upheld the 1984 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Palmore v. Sidoti, the use of race is prohibited in child custody determinations, but NH makes their own rules about the law, rule of law and the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. See Tipton v. Aaron, Dansby v. Dansby, etc. I regret the day I moved to a State where the idea of justice and equality is the direct result of judicial inbreeding.
Mar 11, 2014 10:39 PM CDT
He shouldn't be a judge, and he needs a psych eval if he ever thought someone like Charlize would ever let him near her close enough to be a "baby daddy". Has he looked in a mirror lately. He needs to be off the bench, homophobic, racist, can't keep his mouth shut unprofessional misogynist . Is this really the best you can do Arkansas?
Mar 10, 2014 5:48 AM CDT
I think the bigger issue here is how legal and medical professionals leak confidential information. Where is the integrity and professionalism? Is celebrity gossip that important or profitable? How much money or thrill could possible be worth losing you're job/career?