Arkansas ex-judge ordered held on federal charges

This photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office shows Joseph Boeckmann. Boeckman is a former Arkansas judge accused of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts tried to bribe witnesses and had an accomplice threaten to make one of them "disappear," federal prosecutors said shortly after his arrest Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (Pulaski County Sheriffs Office via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A former Arkansas judge accused of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts will remain in jail for now.

A federal magistrate judge sided with prosecutors during a detention hearing Wednesday, denying bond for former Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann.

U.S. Judge Joe Volpe says he will allow defence attorneys to propose in filings, and that he would consider, secure detention with a family member who lives far from Wynne, where the allegations are centred.

Prosecutors had asked that Boeckmann, 70, be held after two witnesses told investigators he had used a third party to threaten them or offer bribes for them to lie.

Boeckmann, who resigned earlier this year, has pleaded not guilty to fraud, bribery, witness tampering and other charges.


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