Prosecutor calls former Arkansas judge 'a predator,' urges prison

Posted: February 20, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Joseph Boeckmann, who resigned in May 2016 as a district judge, leaves the federal courthouse in Little Rock with the aid of a cane Thursday after his guilty plea. He faces sentencing in about three months, and his attorney said Boeckmann could offer evidence on his age and health to seek a lighter sentence.

A former district judge in Cross and St. Francis counties who has admitted fashioning sentences to feed his own prurient interests should be imprisoned for three years and fined $50,000, the U.S. Department of Justice argued ahead of a Wednesday sentencing hearing for Joseph Boeckmann.

This story is only available from our archives.