Indictment: Ex-judge exchanged nude photos for tossed cases


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A former Arkansas judge accused of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts tried to bribe witnesses and had an accomplice threaten to make one of them "disappear," federal prosecutors said shortly after his arrest Monday.

Joseph Boeckmann appeared disheveled while the accusations were levied during his arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in Little Rock. Wearing jeans and a button-down shirt while shackled at the waist, the 70-year-old pleaded not guilty to bribery, fraud and other federal charges just hours after prosecutors unsealed a 21-count indictment.

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