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Trial of ex-lawmaker charged in bribery scheme delayed

February 7, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The trial of a former Arkansas lawmaker accused of conspiring to bribe a judge who acknowledged lowering a jury’s award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions has been delayed until October.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. on Thursday delayed the trial of former state Sen. Gilbert Baker until Oct. 28. Baker is charged with conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud in the alleged scheme. His trial had originally been set to begin later this month.

Baker is accused of conspiring with former state Judge Michael Maggio, who acknowledged accepting campaign donations from a nursing home operator, then reducing a judgment against that company by $4.2 million. Baker has pleaded not guilty .

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