Justice in ethics case over emails wants deal aired in court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice facing possible removal from the bench over his role in trading salacious and objectionable emails wants a state judicial ethics court to consider a deal that could resolve his case.

Lawyers for Justice Michael Eakin on Tuesday filed a motion asking for a hearing by the full six-judge Court of Judicial Discipline on a proposed agreement reached with the lawyers prosecuting his case.

Eakin’s motion follows a three-judge panel’s refusal last month to hear details of a proposed deal hammered out with the help of Philadelphia lawyer Dick Sprague. Details of the deal haven’t been made public.

Eakin’s been on paid suspension since December, awaiting a March 29 trial in Philadelphia.

He’s accused of exchanging emails that included a discussion about visiting a strip club.

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