LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Federal prosecutors oppose the release of a former Arkansas judge until his trial on charges of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts.
The motion filed Friday says former Cross County
District Judge Joseph Boeckmann has tried to bribe or threaten witnesses
against him by using third parties, showing he "has both the ability
and the willingness" to try to tamper with witnesses without personally
Boeckmann's attorney had asked that he be allowed to live with relatives until his November trial.
The 70-year-old Boeckmann resigned in May and has pleaded not guilty to fraud, bribery, witness tampering and other charges.
A U.S. magistrate judge on Wednesday denied bond, but
said he will consider allowing Boeckmann to stay with a family member
far from Cross County.
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