Arkansas Judge Should Be Jailed Until Trial, Prosecutors Say

Oct 23, 2016

Judge Joe Boeckmann

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 contacting them.

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.