October 24, 2015 |
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.
September 5, 2012 |
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.
September 11, 2015 |
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.
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.
December 24, 2015 |
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.
August 28, 2015 |
IF YOU EVER find yourself missing the old-school experience of flipping through a porn mag, head up to the fourth floor of City Hall and grab hold of Frank Fina's binder full of nude women. The state Supreme Court yesterday unsealed hundreds of pages of records connected to the looming criminal trial of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including pornographic emails that were sent and received by Fina when he was a state prosecutor. Kane has long contended that the smutty images - collected in a nearly 400-page binder in the Supreme Court's Prothonotary Office - are crucial to understanding why she's in a legal bind.
October 30, 2015 |
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.
November 13, 2012 |
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.
February 22, 2016 |
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.
October 21, 2015 |
"Mildly pornographic. " No worse than what "appears commonly in Playboy. " That was what a Pennsylvania board determined late last year when it cleared state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin of misconduct even though he had received about 50 pornographic emails on state computers. The Judicial Conduct Board, under fire for its role in the so-called Porngate scandal, has offered a rare glimpse into its normally secret workings by publicly explaining its reasons for clearing Eakin.