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MAGGIO: Running out of options.
The U.S. Supreme Court
on Monday denied without comment Mike Maggio
's final petition to consider an appeal of his conviction and 10-year federal prison sentence for bribery.
The Court had already denied Maggio's request in November
. At the end of the month, Maggio filed a petition asking the Court to reconsider its denial, but the Court this week stood by its original decision. This ends the criminal case, although Maggio could still attempt an appeal alleging ineffective counsel by his original attorneys, a possibility that his current counsel suggested to the D-G
was a likely last-gasp attempt by Maggio.
Maggio began serving his sentence in July after he pleaded guilty, admitting that campaign contributions from a nursing home owner, Michael Morton
of Fort Smith, influenced Maggio to reduce a verdict against one of Morton's nursing homes from $5.2 million to $1 million. Maggio later unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw his guilty plea. The contributions were arranged by former Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker
. Neither Morton nor Baker has been charged and both have said they did nothing wrong. According to prosecutors, Maggio failed to live up to the terms of his original plea agreement, fueling speculation that the government was attempting to get Maggio to cooperate in potential cases against Baker, Morton, or others involved.