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Arkansas judge resigns after accusations of sexual bartering

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An Arkansas judge has resigned after allegations he granted leniency to female defendants in exchange for sexual favors, a state judicial review commission said on Wednesday.

The judge, Timothy Parker of Eureka Springs, has denied the charges but submitted his resignation on Dec. 30, one day before his term in office was to end, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said.

Parker was not immediately available for comment.

The terms of Parker’s resignation, submitted to Governor Asa Hutchinson, specify he cannot serve as a judge at any level in Arkansas.

Parker was appointed to the part-time judgeship in 2013 by former Governor Mike Beebe, and was ineligible to seek the office at the polls.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said it was investigating Parker on suspicion of granting favors to friends and clients of his part-time law practice who were facing jail sentences in his court.

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Parker did not dispute those allegations, it said.

The commission released a letter it sent to Parker in which it said his actions “exhibit an attitude of bias, conflict of interest and general disregard for the integrity of the judiciary.”

David Sachar, executive director of the commission, said in an interview: “Obviously we gathered a tremendous amount of information and all of it has been turned over to a special prosecutor to determine if criminal charges are warranted.”

Parker is the second Arkansas judge hit with allegations of sexual impropriety in as many years.

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Joseph Boeckmann, a judge in Wynne, Arkansas, resigned after the commission accused him of taking thousands of lewd photographs of young male defendants and sometimes spanking them. In return, it said, he reduced their sentences or paid their fines from his personal funds.

In court papers, Boeckmann said he “denies the allegations of improper demeanor, appearance of impropriety or violations of the criminal law.”

(Reporting by Steve Barnes; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Dan Grebler)

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MSNBC's Donny Deutsch shredded Rudy Giuliani as a "pathetic" clown for continuing to trade out what was left of his reputation to serve President Donald Trump.

Giuliani dismissed special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony, scheduled for July 17, as "totally useless," and "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough raked him over the coals.

"It's hard to believe this man ever ran a city like New York, let alone the fact that many people like myself consider him to be a very effect effective mayor," Scarborough said. "It's just a cynical, cynical, stupid thing for Rudy Giuliani to say."

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Democratic debate night is here – and Twitter predictions have begun

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The first night of the Democratic debate has arrived and we've scoured Twitter to find you the headlines you can't afford to miss.

Will Elizabeth Warren maintain her double-digit status? Can Joe Biden overcome the generational issues and missteps he's come to be know on the campaign trail thus far? Will Rachel Maddow prevail as top moderator considering there's a Chuck Todd type (it's actually him) in the room? All of this and more remains to be seen - but first:

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Joe Biden’s ‘Jim Crow moment’ was dreadful — but he may be Democrats’ best shot at beating Trump

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The Democratic Party's presidential nomination and the White House are Joe Biden's to win — unless he sabotages himself.

Last Tuesday while speaking at a fundraising speech in New York, Biden reflected on his early career in the Senate, working alongside Sen. James Eastland of Mississippi and and Sen. Herman Talmadge of Georgia, a pair of old-line segregationists:

I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me 'boy,' he always called me 'son.' Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you're the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don't talk to each other anymore.

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