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Paper says judicial ethics panel member got explicit emails

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 16, 2015 4:45 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A newspaper says a member of the judicial ethics panel currently investigating a state Supreme Court justice received pornographic images from another justice who abruptly retired a year ago over his own role in the email circle.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that Eugene Dooley, a police chief in Chester County, was among a group who received the emails from then-Justice Seamus McCaffery.

Dooley is referring questions to the Judicial Conduct Board.

The paper says Dooley was on the board last year when the email scandal erupted, forcing out McCaffery. It's unclear if Dooley voted last year when the board cleared Justice Michael Eakin.

The board is currently taking another look at Eakin's email practices.

The board's chairwoman and its chief counsel have stepped aside from the Eakin matter.

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