Kane says high court justice may have violated conduct rules

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general is telling state ethics agencies that a state Supreme Court justice may have violated judicial conduct rules, citing emails he received that she’s recovered from her office’s computer servers.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday released one of several similar letters she sent this week about Justice Michael Eakin to the Court of Judicial Discipline, the State Ethics Commission, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court and the state Supreme Court.

The letter to the Court of Judicial Discipline’s president judge says Kane uncovered the emails after fielding a Sept. 11 inquiry from the Philadelphia Daily News about emails from a Yahoo.com account tied to Eakin.

Kane’s letter says lawyers must inform appropriate authorities if a judge’s action raises questions about his or her fitness for office.

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