October 17, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery sent or received more than 230 e-mails that included sexually explicit content between late 2008 and mid-2012, including messages sent to state e-mail accounts of government employees, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the chief justice. In a statement, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said the analysis found McCaffery had sent or received 2,800 messages unearthed during an internal review by the Attorney General's Office.
October 15, 2014 |
EDD CONBOY scrolls through the pictures in his cellphone until he comes to one that makes him tear up. In the photo, a man bundled up in a puffy winter coat and knit hat triumphantly holds up a piece of mail. "I still remember the tears in Dennis' eyes as he held up the first letter he ever received as a free man, without an inmate number after his name," Conboy said, choking up. Conboy is the director of social services at Broad Street Ministry, a behemoth of a church on Broad Street near Locust where each week thousands of homeless Philadelphians can grab a meal and their mail.
October 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board will investigate a complaint that Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery may have violated ethics rules if he sent sexually explicit e-mails from his personal account to a state employee, according to a letter from the board. In the Tuesday letter, the board agreed to "conduct an inquiry into the matters" raised in a complaint filed last week by Harrisburg activist Gene Stilp. In his Oct. 2 complaint, Stilp cited news accounts that McCaffery in 2008 and 2009 sent e-mails containing pornographic content to an agent in the state Attorney General's Office.
October 10, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has agreed to give Pennsylvania's Supreme Court chief justice the names of any judges or judicial employees who may have exchanged sexually explicit e-mails, her office said Wednesday. A technician from Kane's office is scheduled on Friday to show Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille copies of any messages sent from judicial e-mail accounts or judges' private accounts that turned up in Kane's internal review of employee e-mails, her spokeswoman said.
October 6, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has denied - at least for now - a request from the state's top jurist to share information on the sexually explicit e-mails her office says state employees exchanged over government computers. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille asked Kane last month to provide copies of any such messages that were sent or received by judges or employees of the state judiciary. Castille has said any judge who exchanged grossly pornographic material using court equipment might have violated the state's code of judicial ethics.
October 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Friday sought the resignation of a third state official - his appointee to the state Parole Board - amid disclosures that the man had participated in the exchange of pornography over state computers. But Randy Feathers said he would not step down from the $116,000-a-year job. In an interview, Feathers said he sent a letter to Corbett explaining his stance and a second to Attorney General Kathleen Kane asking for an independent forensic expert to review the sexually explicit messages that she says he received or forwarded.
October 2, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Responding to a request from Gov. Corbett, the state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that it planned to give his administration copies this week of sexually explicit e-mails it says were exchanged among ranking state officials on state computers between 2008 and 2012. The pornographic content will be redacted, but any conversations between sender and recipient will not, said Renee Martin, spokeswoman for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. "It's voluminous," said Martin, "but we are working to get the information to the governor's office as quickly as we can. " The governor requested more detail from Kane last week after her representatives showed reporters dozens of images and videos they said had been sent over state computers by employees who worked for Corbett when he ran the office.
September 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Insiders called it Kathleen G. Kane's "nuclear option. " Last week, the first-term attorney general dropped the political and governmental bombshell: She released dozens of pornographic and sexually explicit e-mails that she said were exchanged by top state officials over state computers and during work hours between 2008 and 2012. The recipients include scores of current or former state employees, though Kane's office released just eight names. Two are in Gov. Corbett's cabinet.
September 28, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett and the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have asked state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to turn over more names and details about the sexually explicit e-mails shared over state-owned computers by prominent commonwealth officials. Less than a day after Kane disclosed the names of eight officials - including two Corbett cabinet members - who she said received the pornography, the scandal was quickly spreading across state government. Corbett's administration sent a letter seeking complete copies of the e-mails.