Convicted ex-Arkansas judge offers to give up law license

(AP) - A former Arkansas judge who admitted giving young male
defendants lighter sentences in return for personal benefits that included
sexual favors is offering to give up his law license before he leaves for a five-year prison term.Joseph Boeckmann's letter to the Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on
Professional Conduct was released Monday. It was signed Feb. 21, the same day a federal judge sentenced Boeckmann, of Wynne, for mail fraud and witness tampering.

The panel said that since Boeckmann approached the court, it would not be
necessary to hold a hearing.

Federal prosecutors said Boeckmann would dismiss traffic citations or
misdemeanors for young men in exchange for their posing for photographs in
compromising positions or submitting to sexual contact, then log their
compliance as performing "community service."

Prosecutors said Boeckmann's crimes date back decades.

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