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Pa. Supreme Court justice calls for deeper look into lewd emails

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 30, 2016 11:23 AM
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 photo Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd attends a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- A state Supreme Court justice wants the agencies that investigate misconduct by judges and lawyers to review all "offensive emails housed on the attorney general's server.'' 

Justice Debra Todd requested the action after a court-hired lawyer reported then-Justice Michael Eakin had exchanged "offensive, tasteless, insensitive, juvenile, and repugnant'' emails, many with judges or lawyers. 

Todd's requests were made to the Judicial Conduct Board and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court. 

Eakin's resignation earlier this month makes him the third justice to step down under a cloud in the past three years. 

Todd's a Democrat who's served on the high court since 2008. 

Dozens of people in the state's legal community and in law enforcement have been linked to the email scandal.

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