High court takes no action against justice in email scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will take no immediate disciplinary action against a justice who allegedly exchanged sexually explicit and offensive emails from his private account.

The court agrees with its special counsel that the investigation of Justice Michael Eakin should be up to the Judicial Conduct Board, the agency that handles complaints of judicial misconduct. The board opened its investigation last month.

The special counsel reviewed 955 emails submitted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office. According to its report released Monday, Eakin sent 157 emails under the name “John Smith,” including one that contained a photograph of a topless woman and others with offensive jokes.

The counsel found the emails to be of serious concern, but said they do not “rise to the type of extraordinary circumstances warranting immediate intervention by the court.”

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