Justice says he’ll cooperate in email inquiry

Justice Michael Eakin (Pennsylvania Supreme Court)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice linked to a new discovery of allegedly pornographic and racially offensive emails says he’ll cooperate with an ethics investigation.

Justice Michael Eakin issued the four-sentence statement through the courts Friday. It came after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane told state ethics agencies that Eakin may have violated conduct rules because of emails that were sent to him.

She describes some of the email’s contents as racially offensive or misogynistic.

Kane’s office says it discovered the emails on the office’s computer servers because they’d been sent or received by her office’s employees.

Previous disclosures by Kane in the scandal have resulted in a wave of resignations or firings.

A lawyer retained last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review thousands of emails between justices and the state attorney general’s office from 2008 through 2012 reported finding no new improprieties.

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