Justice Eakin's ethics trial scheduled for March in Philly

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 9, 2016 4:05 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) -- A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice will go on trial before the state's judicial ethics court in Philadelphia late next month.

The Court of Judicial Discipline on Tuesday scheduled the case of Justice Michael Eakin for March 29 in a City Hall courtroom.

Eakin is accused of violating rules for judicial conduct by exchanging obscene and objectionable emails with friends. He used a state computer to exchange the emails through a private email account.

If convicted, he faces a range of possible punishment that could include removal from the bench.

The Republican is a former Cumberland County district attorney and has been on the high court since 2002.

Eakin has apologized for what he's described as insensitive emails but he's argued that his actions don't deserve punishment.

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