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Jury seated for corruption trial of former state senator

Gilbert Baker has pleaded not guilty to funneling campaign contributions from a Fort Smith businessman to then-Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A 12-person jury and three alternates have been selected for the corruption trial of a Republican former Arkansas state senator charged with bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. 

Gilbert Baker has pleaded not guilty to funneling campaign contributions from a Fort Smith businessman to then-Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio. 

Maggio is now serving a 10-year sentence in prison for bribery in the case after reducing a jury award against a nursing home owned by the businessman, who has not been charged.  

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that opening statement's in Baker's trial are to start Monday. 

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