Pa. judicial board to soon decide whether to charge justice

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 24, 2015 4:54 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The body that investigates misconduct allegations against Pennsylvania judges says it'll soon decide whether charges are warranted against state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin.

The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday told Eakin's lawyer it was denying his request to stop its investigation and send the case directly to the Court of Judicial Discipline.

Board member James Schwartzman says the request by Eakin probably isn't allowed under the rules.

Schwartzman says the board is required to investigate so it can determine if charges are warranted and then make the case to the court.

Eakin is being investigated for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judges and the state attorney general's office.

He's publicly apologized for what he's described as insensitive and out of character emails.

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