Pennsylvania ex-justice in lewd email case may keep pension

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2016 2:00 AM

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin, accompanied by his wife Heidi Eakin arrives for a hearing Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Northampton County courthouse in Easton, Pa. to determine whether he should be suspended while a judicial ethics court decides if his email practices warrant discipline. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania ethics board wants to drop a key charge against a newly resigned Supreme Court justice in a move that could help him keep his pension despite allegations he violated rules by exchanging raunchy and otherwise inappropriate emails.

The Judicial Conduct Board has filed a motion to withdraw one of four ethics charges against Michael Eakin, a count that said he engaged in conduct that has brought disrepute upon the judiciary.

That's the charge that could trigger pension forfeiture. 

Eakin stepped down Tuesday, three months after the Court of Judicial Discipline placed him on paid suspension to await an ethics trial. 

His pension depends on a number of factors, but could be about 70 percent of his $201,000 highest salary, or a yearly benefit of about $140,000.  

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