AG says handling of ethics vacancy shows ‘old boy’s network’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general says reports of a scuttled plan to add a new member to a body that presides over cases of judicial wrongdoing shows evidence of an “old boy’s network” in the court system that she has railed against.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday it was “an affront to the concept of impartial justice” expected of the state Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Thomas Saylor said Sunday he nominated a woman to the Court of Judicial Discipline but pulled the nomination over questions about Justice Michael Eakin’s involvement in the appointment.

The Judicial Conduct Board is investigating and could bring a case against Eakin to the Court of Judicial Discipline over his emails with friends, including an employee of the attorney general’s office.

Eakin lawyer Bill Costopoulos says Eakin didn’t know the nominee and says there wasn’t a plot to fix the case.

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