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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Plea-change hearing set for former Judge Boeckmann

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JOSEPH BOECKMANN:In court Thursday for plea change.
  • JOSEPH BOECKMANN:In court Thursday for plea change.
Joseph Boeckmann of Wynne, the former Cross County district judge facing federal charges for trading favors with defendants in his court, is scheduled to appear at 9:30 a.m. Thursday before federal Judge Kristine Baker for a "change of plea hearing."

The federal court docket reveals no more information about the proceeding, but sometimes a change of plea indicates a defendant has struck a deal with the government. Such deals also sometimes fall apart before completion.

Boeckmann had earlier pleaded innocent to wire fraud, bribery and witness tampering charges. The federal charges grew out of a state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission investigation that turned up evidence that led to Boeckmann's resignation from his judgeship. He's alleged to have sought sexual favors in return for light sentences and also is accused of trying to influence a witness against him in the judicial investigation.

Boeckmann's attorney, Jeff Rosenzweig, declined to comment on the hearing.

In all, Boeckmann faces eight counts of wire fraud; one count of federal program bribery; 10 counts of using interstate communications to carry out unlawful acts, and two counts of witness tampering.

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