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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.
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 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
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
August 28, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
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
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.
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
October 21, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
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NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
THE POLITICALLY charged FBI investigation of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email practices has ended with a recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against her. In my view, it's the right recommendation, since the FBI found no proof of criminality in Clinton's use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state. However, as FBI director James Comey rightly said regarding eight Clinton email chains on top-secret matters, "any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position . . . should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
Discretion within reason is acceptable in law enforcement. But while few complain when leniency is afforded ordinary people accused of minor crimes, there will be many critics of the FBI's decision Tuesday not to recommend prosecution of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for carelessly handling top-secret emails when she was secretary of state. Using his favorite medium for mass communication, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted, "FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Carrie Lukas
Americans are tired of political "gotcha" games. Yet the scandal engulfing Hillary Clinton about the email system she used while secretary of state isn't just any political food fight: These events exemplify Clinton's elitism and her belief that people like her should make the laws but not have to live under them like the rest of us. Americans should resoundingly reject this tired Washington-knows-best attitude. The recently released State Department inspector general's report examining Clinton's email practices while makes it clear that she has been misleading the public all along.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Declaring himself dissatisfied with the work of a special prosecutor assigned to investigate "Porngate," the top aide to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Monday abruptly canceled a news conference that had been scheduled for Tuesday for the prosecutor to present his report. Bruce Castor, whom Kane appointed as her solicitor general when she hired him in March, said he had reviewed a draft report by the special prosecutor, Douglas Gansler, and found it confusing and "not comprehensive.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Question: My wife and I have fought over whether I should be giving her open access to my personal email. I've had this account at least twice as long as I've known her (going back 20ish years), and we had a kind of cat-and-mouse situation where she would try to trick me into giving it to her. She finally forced me to tell her one time by refusing to get out of the way when we needed to check on an email in my account. She assured me she would not force me to do so again. Not long after, she did it again, and we fought over it. She thought she was being playful, but I know she was only acting playful about it because this is one sticking point she has always had about our relationship.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - In the controversial email that helped fuel his resignation last week, Gov. Wolf's top environmental officer used expletives and taunts to needle advocates into actively lobbying for changes in gas drilling and other environmental protection regulations, according to a copy of the message obtained by the Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Where the f- were you people yesterday?" John Quigley, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, wrote on April 13 to environmental groups.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - John Quigley, a longtime environmental advocate and fixture in Pennsylvania politics, resigned Friday as the state's top environmental officer, days after a private email he wrote stoked the latest controversy over his tenure. The Wolf administration would not say why Quigley abruptly left his post as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Gov. Wolf named the DEP's policy director, Patrick McDonnell, as acting secretary. "I thank John Quigley for his service to the commonwealth, and I look forward to working with Patrick McDonnell," the governor said in a statement.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - The special prosecutor hired by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to investigate the chain of pornographic emails exchanged among state prosecutors, judges, and others will release his preliminary findings by early next month. Douglas Gansler said he would issue an "interim report" in the first few days of June - possibly earlier - that will focus on messages sent by judges or other judicial-branch employees from 2008 through 2015 that contained sexually explicit images, offensive jokes, or other objectionable content.
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.
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