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Arkansas Judge Fired for Leaking Charlize Theron Adoption Details

The top court in Arkansas has ordered the immediate dismissal of Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio after he spilled confidential details about an adoption involving Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron and posted "concerning" comments in a Web discussion forum. The Arkansas Supreme Court also signed off on a lifetime ban that was agreed to Maggio and the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

The disciplinary panel found last month that Maggio — using the pseudonym "geauxjudge" and posting on an online sports fans forum — dished on details from Theron's adoption of a baby in 2012 in the same court division where he served. Maggio has admitted writing the posts, the state court said.

A spokeswoman for Theron, who won an Academy Award for her role in the 2003 film "Monster," did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the judge's dismissal.

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— Daniel Arkin