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Former Arkansas senator’s bribery trial moved to April 2020

August 6, 2019

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

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday moved the trial for former Sen. Gilbert Baker to April 27, 2020. Baker was charged in January with conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud and was set to begin trial in October. Baker has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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.

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