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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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October 2, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
PENNSYLVANIA'S political Cold War crept even closer yesterday toward a doomsday scenario - one with the potential to spread nuclear fallout across the criminal-justice landscape, from police departments to the Supreme Court. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a Republican, continued to attack state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, charging the embattled Democrat with felony perjury and related misdemeanors after Ferman's detectives raided Kane's Harrisburg office last month.
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November 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has the authority to make public a trove of pornographic emails, but the state's right-to-know law does not make a release mandatory, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges has ruled. The ruling Thursday came in response to a lawusit filed by The Inquirer seeking a court order to force Kane to make the emails shared by former and current employees in her office, as well as many other officials n the state. The judges concluded that the emails were personal in nature, and therefore should not be considered public records under the state's Right to Know law. But they also said that their ruling should not preclude Kane from using her discretion to release the emails, if that is what she chooses to do. "We want to make clear that we are only stating that the [Right to Know law]
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.
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January 29, 2016 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority officials have publicly portrayed themselves as unbiased enforcers in the war between the flailing taxi industry and insurgent ride-sharing companies like UberX and Lyft. You might have heard their standard line: PPA is simply enforcing state law by cracking down on transportation network services, which use mobile apps to connect drivers and riders but are not licensed to operate within city limits. But emails obtained by the Daily News show that the parking authority has teamed with the taxi industry that it regulates in an effort to ensure that ride-sharing services remain illegal in Philadelphia.
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January 23, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics court cast a critical eye Thursday on its own investigative agency, seeking more information about what some have called a botched inquiry into offensive emails exchanged by Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin. At a hearing for the justice on Thursday, a three-judge panel requested that the Judicial Conduct Board, which investigates ethics complaints against judges, answer a long list of questions about its initial investigation of Eakin. That inquiry, in late 2014, concluded that Eakin had not violated any ethics rules when he sent or received emails that contained nudity, mocked minorities and illegal immigrants, and made demeaning jokes about women and others.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's newly appointed special prosecutor, charged with investigating the so-called Porngate scandal, is running into opposition from Kane's top aides. Letters made public Thursday revealed that Kane's second-in-command, Bruce Beemer, who has been increasingly at odds with her, has demanded that the special prosecutor return 850,000 emails that are central to his investigation. The prosecutor, Douglas F. Gansler, a former attorney general of Maryland, has refused, the letters revealed.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A report that two more Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices were no strangers to the state's sprawling electronic profanity exchange shows why the high court has been widely urged to order an independent investigation of the scandal - and why it hasn't done so. Given Attorney General Kathleen Kane's propensity to disclose the emails selectively to maximize distraction from her own travails, only an independent investigation can determine the true...
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January 21, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Craig R. McCoy, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Max Baer and Kevin Dougherty were among numerous judges and court officials who received emails that a state ethics board deemed offensive when it filed misconduct charges against a third justice last month, documents show. In charging Justice J. Michael Eakin, the Judicial Conduct Board cited a series of emails he sent and received that it said would offend a reasonable person. An Inquirer review of evidence in the Eakin case shows that Baer received 10 of those emails.
NEWS
January 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
College students don't always do what they're supposed to. Even when they know they should. "I tried to sign up for classes the day they were available, but they got filled up pretty quickly," said Max Tyburski, a senior at Rowan University. "And they give us chances to put ourselves on waiting lists . . . but with school and work and everything, it kind of slipped my mind. " Like everyone else, the 26-year-old marketing major finished the semester and went on break. There was just one thing missing: He hadn't registered for his final semester of classes.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Months before prosecutors in Norristown filed the first sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby last year, Montgomery County's former district attorney sought to persuade his successor to abandon the investigation. In a Sept. 23 email reviewed by The Inquirer, Bruce L. Castor Jr. told then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman that he had struck a deal 10 years earlier never to criminally prosecute the comedian for an alleged 2004 attack on a Temple University employee. Castor wrote that, at the time, he hoped his decision would facilitate accuser Andrea Constand's efforts to depose Cosby in a civil suit she planned to file against him. Now, a Common Pleas Court judge has been asked to decide whether that agreement existed and, if it did, whether it protects Cosby from the three counts of aggravated indecent assault filed against him last month.
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Wednesday applauded the suspension of Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin for his involvement in the "Porngate" scandal. "This is yet another step in restoring our faith in our justice system," Kane said in a statement following Tuesday's decision by the Court of Judicial Discipline. The court said Eakin, 67, 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.
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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
December 23, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin apparently still doesn't get it. It's hard to come to any other conclusion given his apologetic response in a hearing Monday to determine whether he should be suspended while a judicial panel investigates his role in a pornographic email scandal. Eakin portrayed himself as the victim of a "media circus" and suggested that sending and receiving off-color emails was "not criminal; it has nothing to do with my performance or job. " Criminal?
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