“18 months ago, Justice J. Michael Eakin self-reported approximately 18 email messages to friends that were inappropriate. He has accepted responsibility for the sending of these emails. He has apologized to his Court, to the public at large, to his family and friends, and most recently to the Court of Judicial Discipline. There is nothing to try.
In the past hour, I personally delivered to the Judicial Conduct Board, and am having hand-delivered to the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and to the Governor of Pennsylvania, Justice J. Michael Eakin's letter of retirement, and that he is stepping down as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. It has been a privilege and an honor for him to serve the judiciary and the people of Pennsylvania.
For 6 years he served on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, for 14 he has served on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Every opinion he has ever written or participated in has been legally analyzed and scrutinized, and the conclusion which has been stipulated to by the Judicial Conduct Board is that his work-product and opinions are completely devoid of bias or prejudice.
We have lost one of the finest jurists of our Court in the recent past. His opinions and writings will withstand the test of history. What has happened to him, and what has been done to him, will not."
A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice is stepping down in the wake of the porngate scandal that rippled through Pennsylvania’s capitol, 6ABC Philly reported.
Justice Michael Eakin, 67, who made his announcement on Tuesday, becomes the second judge on the state's high court to quit over the past 18 months. He has sat on the court’s bench since 2002.
Eakin released a statement along with his resignation: