HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice whose email practices are being reviewed wants investigators to “remove the matter” to the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline to “alleviate any mistrust of the process.”
Justice Michael Eakin on Thursday said in a one-paragraph statement that he asked the Judicial Conduct Board, which prosecutes allegations of misconduct against judges, to make the move immediately.
He says the board’s confidentiality rules have “led to unfortunate and wholly misguided accusations” against board members, its staff and the process.
The board’s chief counsel and chairwoman have stepped aside from the Eakin case, and a newspaper has reported another board member received pornographic images from another justice.
Eakin apologized last month for email from his “John Smith” Yahoo.com account that he called insensitive and out of character.