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Democrats call for ouster of Pennsylvania high court justice

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 27, 2015 12:30 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A top Pennsylvania Senate Democrat says he and his Democratic colleagues want to remove from the state Supreme Court a justice who allegedly exchanged explicit or offensive emails from a private account.

Senate Minority Whip Anthony Williams said Tuesday that the emails either received or sent by Justice Michael Eakin should force him from the bench.

Eakin, a Republican, has apologized for what he called ``insensitive'' content in his private email account.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she turned over more than 1,000 of Eakin's emails to the court and various state ethics agencies four weeks ago and suggested the content violates judicial conduct rules.

The Judicial Conduct Board says it's investigating, and the court hired a Pittsburgh law firm headed by a former judge to look into the matter.

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