Ex-judge Boeckmann gets five years in prison

Ex-judge Boeckmann gets five years in prison

A sentencing hearing is underway for a former Arkansas judge who admitted giving lighter sentences to some defendants in exchange for sexual favors.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker handed down the five year sentence, even though prosecutors had only recommended a sentence of up to three years, explaining that the fact he had corrupted justice while on the bench "sets his crime apart". Federal prosecutors declined to prosecute the earlier incidents with the understanding that Boeckmann would resign.

Milliman, then 23, said he refused to pose David-like, even though he was offered $300 to mimic the Michelangelo work.

'I've never felt more betrayed by the justice system, ' Milliman told Baker, urging her to hand down a longer sentence than the 30- to 37-month term called for in federal sentencing guidelines.

Boeckmann sat with his lips pursed at the defense table.

"We were aware that he had been forced out of the prosecutor's office from a previous investigation", the commission's executive director, David Sachar, said Tuesday.

According to the indictment, Boeckmann would "benefit himself by corruptly using his official position as an Arkansas district judge to obtain personal services, sexual contact, and the opportunity to view and to photograph in compromising positions persons who appeared before him in traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases in exchange for dismissing the cases".

Joseph Boeckmann is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in Little Rock.

Prosecutors also said in a federal indictment that the judge asked two men if they would be included in naked photographs or hit with a paddle in return for their case being dismissed. Court filings say Boeckmann was investigated for similar crimes two decades ago but was never charged because he gave up his job as a deputy prosecutor. He later added, "I've had time to reflect". Boeckmann faced up to 20 years on each count.

Boeckmann was indicted in 2016 and pleaded guilty the following year to the wire fraud and witness tampering charges.

In a deal with state regulators, Boeckmann left the bench in 2016.

In 2016, as it investigated Boeckmann's behavior as a judge, The Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents related to the previous investigations.

The ethics complaint against him said the pictures depicted "young men, many naked, who are in various poses inside the judge's home and outside his yard".

'How are you supposed to talk about another man violating you?' said Milliman, who drew a line at how much Boeckmann could photograph at their only non-courtroom encounter.

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