Court sets hearing this week in Justice Eakin ethics case

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2016 3:47 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File

In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin poses for photographs with the court's other justices at Philadelphia's historic Old City Hall.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's ethics court for judges will meet this week for a hearing that could resolve allegations Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin's email practices violated conduct standards for judges.

The Court of Judicial Discipline on Tuesday scheduled the hearing for Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

The court acted one day after Eakin's lawyers and the Judicial Conduct Board, which is prosecuting him, said they've made a good-faith effort to resolve the case with the help of prominent Philadelphia lawyer Dick Sprague, acting as a mediator.

Both sides say they want the court to consider ``additional proposed stipulations,'' or facts that they can agree about, saying that ``could lead to a resolution.''

The court order says Eakin must attend the Pittsburgh hearing. He's on paid suspension with a March trial planned.

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