Judge Keeps Suit Against Baker, Morton

Special Circuit Judge David Laser has declined to dismiss a corruption lawsuit against nursing-home owner Michael Morton and former lobbyist Gilbert Baker.

Yesterday, the judge also granted a motion to exclude testimony by the defense’s expert witness, retired U.S. District Judge James Moody Sr.

Moody has defended a July 2013 ruling in which former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio cut a Faulkner County jury’s judgment against a Morton-owned nursing home from $5.2 million to $1 million. The now-imprisoned Maggio ruled in a negligence lawsuit filed by two daughters of Martha Bull, a Perryville woman who died in Morton’s Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in April 2008.

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