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Court won't consider deal for judge in salacious email case

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 25, 2016 4:51 PM
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Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin, left, arrives with his wife, Heidi Eakin, for a hearing that could resolve the ethics charges pending against him on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh.

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice's hopes are dashed for a court-approved deal to end ethics charges he faces over the exchange of salacious emails.

Justice Michael Eakin angrily declined comment Thursday after the Court of Judicial Discipline would not let his lawyer discuss a hoped-for deal.

Eakin is accused of violating conduct rules for judges by trading emails that included bawdy images and content demeaning toward women, gays, Muslims and others.

The three-judge panel hearing his case in a Pittsburgh courtroom wouldn't let Eakin's lawyers or the Judicial Conduct Board outline a deal hammered out with the help of a mediator.

Terms of the proposed deal were not disclosed.

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