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October 24, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday publicly released 48 emails of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin - many with images of naked women, and others with crude jokes - and said they demonstrated that a misconduct case against him had been wrongly dismissed. The pictures and videos mainly depicted topless women, though several showed full frontal nudity. One contained a graphic depiction of a sex act. The supposed jokes mocked gays, lesbians, feminists, drunken college girls, and, in one message, nuns.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who has castigated prosecutors, judges, and others for exchanging offensive emails, failed to disclose that her twin sister - a top prosecutor on her staff - sent and received emails that mocked African Americans and Asians, joked about domestic abuse, and included photos of scantily clad men and women. Kane made public her sister's emails late Wednesday after coming under pressure from a Philadelphia prosecutor, who asserted that Kane's sister had sent or received 58 troubling emails - and Kane herself had received 11. The 49-year-old Democrat and her sister, Ellen Granahan, who heads the office's child predator unit, responded later in a joint statement in which they called the prosecutor's remarks "false and defamatory.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Promoters of Michael Jackson's planned 2009 comeback described in emails how they feared for the megastar's stability, saying he was out of shape and consumed with self-doubt. The Los Angeles Times obtained some 250 pages of messages, most between executives at Anschutz Entertainment Group, which was financing the ill-fated "This Is It" concerts set for London. Some of the emails indicated that executives were concerned that Jackson's planned 50-show stand at AEG's 02 Arena would be an expensive bust.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
IT SEEMS THAT the crazy political year of 2015 is a terrible, terrible time to be Hillary Clinton. As it probably should be, in a way. She's just too closely associated with all of the bad things that our perhaps crazy-like-a-fox electorate is worked up about. Income inequality? Her husband fostered that with a pro-Wall Street agenda that included repealing the Glass-Steagall Act, setting the stage for the 2008 economic crisis. Ditto for mass incarceration. As a senator, Hillary Clinton voted to authorize the horribly ill-conceived invasion of Iraq.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics tribunal on Tuesday suspended Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin for his involvement in the "Porngate" scandal, saying his continued presence on the bench harmed the public's trust in the judiciary. The Court of Judicial Discipline said Eakin sent and received offensive email messages, some containing images of naked women and jokes mocking minorities, women, and others, that have "tainted the Pennsylvania judiciary in the eyes of the public.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah and William Bender, STAFF WRITERS
Flip through the formal misconduct charges against state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin and you can't help but wonder: Who is Terrence J. McGowan? McGowan, a Harrisburg lawyer, is cited more than 70 times in the complaint the Judicial Conduct Board filed in December, alleging that Eakin had "detracted from the dignity of his office" through his involvement in the Porngate email scandal. Thanks primarily to scores of emails sent to him by McGowan, Eakin is awaiting trial before the Court of Judicial Discipline for exchanging emails that included salacious pictures and jokes that demeaned women, minorities, and religious groups.
NEWS
December 18, 2014
THE FUN WE'RE all having reading the embarrassing emails of Hollywood big shots is tempered by the fact that we really shouldn't be seeing them at all. The hacked Sony emails arise (very probably) from an attack by a foreign government. It's (very probably) a form a terrorism, it's illegal and death threats have been made, and that's unacceptable. Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said as much recently when he labeled as "morally treasonous" and "spectacularly dishonorable" anyone who publishes the emails.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Wednesday that her office had obtained emails among a state judge, his lawyers, and Inquirer reporters because they were housed on her office's computer servers. Responding to an article in The Inquirer reporting that Kane's office had obtained the emails and offered to provide them to other media outlets, Kane said any suggestion that she had acquired the emails from any source other than her servers was "false. " Kane provided no details, but sources said she obtained them because Judge Barry Feudale mistakenly sent the messages to the old email address of a former top prosecutor in the Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even as state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin apologized for his "insensitive" emails, debate intensified over whether the justice was given a pass last year when his troubling emails first came under scrutiny. Eakin said the offensive messages "do not reflect my character or beliefs. " Nor, he said, "have they ever been part of my consideration of any case or business of the court. " Saying he found it "disconcerting and embarrassing" that his private emails were public, Eakin said Tuesday night, "I sincerely apologize for such content.
NEWS
November 13, 2012 | Associated Press
TAMPA, FLA. - Former CIA director David Petraeus was shocked to learn last summer that his mistress was suspected of sending threatening emails warning another woman to stay away from him, former staff members and friends told the Associated Press on Monday. Petraeus told these associates that his relationship with the second woman, Tampa socialite and former Philadelphian Jill Kelley, was platonic, although his biographer-turned-lover, Paula Broadwell apparently, saw her as a romantic rival.
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NEWS
April 7, 2016
LAST WEEK, a series of emails distributed among Republican lawmakers strategizing about the next budget cycle was obtained by the Inquirer, and included some eyebrow-raising responses among its members. One in particular, from Rep. Brad Roae (Crawford County) suggested cutting education grants to students who have the temerity to study poetry instead of how to get jobs at Walmart. This latest flap is only the latest - we're in Year 2, after all, in a series of stomach-turning revelations that state officials and Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges were exchanging pornographic and racist emails.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd said Tuesday that she had urged the Judicial Conduct Board and the disciplinary board for lawyers to review the emails of every judge and lawyer involved in the Porngate scandal, which has cost two of her colleagues their seats on the high court. Todd confirmed that she requested the reviews after a special counsel for the court reported that Justice J. Michael Eakin had exchanged "offensive, tasteless, insensitive, juvenile, and repugnant" emails, many with fellow judges and lawyers.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
A Pennsylvania judicial tribunal on Thursday found disgraced former Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin guilty of ethical misconduct for his exchange of offensive emails and fined him $50,000, but allowed him to keep his $153,000 annual pension. The six members of the Court of Judicial Discipline unanimously found that Eakin, by exchanging in "insensitive" sexually oriented and otherwise troubling emails on government computers, had undermined public confidence in the judiciary.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURTS Conduct board best suited to investigate To clarify my comments quoted in the Inquirer Sunday ("Judicial board: Tough enough?"): In reviewing the emails that Attorney General Kathleen Kane provided to the Supreme Court in late 2014, the court directed me to focus on three areas of immediate concern: pornography; improper communications about cases; and relationships that could require recusal. However, while these were my main focus, the court also asked me to report any other violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Tax filer: Don't worry if you get a phone call, a text, or an email from the Internal Revenue Service. It's not the IRS. It's a scam artist. This year, the criminals are putting a new twist on an old script. They call saying they already have your tax return and just need to verify details to process your refund. The scammers try to persuade you to give up personal information such as Social Security number, driver's license details, bank account numbers, or credit-card numbers.
NEWS
March 22, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Will the shocks, humiliations and embarrassments that have been plaguing the Pennsylvania judicial system for decades ever come to an end? Scandal has become an enduring theme of the Pennsylvania judiciary. On Tuesday, in the latest embarrassment, state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin resigned rather than face a trial before the state Court of Judicial Discipline on charges he breached ethics rules by exchanging emails containing racist and misogynistic content among a small group of lawyers and golfing companions.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
When the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board first cleared state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin of any wrongdoing with his emails, its chief counsel praised him for being "helpful and cooperative. " How helpful was the justice? "I have not retained copies of any email at all," he told the board in 2014. What about his emails with suggestive pictures or racially offensive jokes? "I recall no such emails," Eakin said. The justice resigned Tuesday after tearful apologies about his troubling emails failed to quell public outrage, but his fight goes on. And his unlikely ally is none other than the Judicial Conduct Board, the agency responsible for prosecuting him on ethics charges.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
After an editorial was published on Feb. 17, prominent attorney Richard A. Sprague expressed concern that by the editorial referring to him as a member of the "old boys' network," readers may have inferred he was part of the "network" in which offensive emails were exchanged and that he sent or received emails similar to those that have been identified as part of the Porngate scandal. For the record and for clarification, no such inference was intended by the Daily News.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
The aversion to judgment among Pennsylvania's highest-ranking judges is not to be underestimated. Consider newly defrocked state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who made strenuous attempts over the course of more than a year to avoid or manipulate his trial on ethics charges stemming from profane and bigoted emails. Once those efforts failed and his day in court loomed, Eakin seized what was perhaps the last remaining opportunity to avoid it by removing himself from the bench Tuesday, effectively accepting the greatest possible disciplinary penalty short of the loss of his pension.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Appearances to the contrary, Justice J. Michael Eakin wasn't horsing around. The case before the state Supreme Court involved two men from rural Mercer County arrested for riding a horse on a public highway while drunk. The men said Pennsylvania's motor vehicle laws were unconstitutionally vague, at least as they applied to their case, and asked that the charges be thrown out. Eakin disagreed and in a dissenting opinion lapsed into verse, borrowing from the theme song of the 1960s television show, Mr. Ed . "A horse is a horse, of course of course But the Vehicle Code does not divorce Its application from, perforce, a steed, as my colleagues said.
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