Saturday, December 12, 2015

State judicial board won't drop investigation of judge

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The body that investigates misconduct allegations against Pennsylvania judges soon will decide whether charges are warranted against state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin.

The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday denied a request by Eakin’s lawyer to stop its investigation and send the case directly to the Court of Judicial Discipline.

Board member James Schwartzman said the request isn’t allowed under state rules.

Schwartzman said the board is required to investigate so it can determine if charges are warranted and then make the case to the court.

Eakin is being investigated for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judges and the state attorney general’s office.

He’s publicly apologized for what he’s described as insensitive and out of character emails.

The Judicial Conduct Board is an independent body of state residents, comprised of three judges, three lawyers and six non-lawyers. Half its members are chosen by the governor and half by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The board's job is to investigate complaints about judicial misconduct. Those investigations can result in formal charges being filed against a judge or a justice.

The board then presents its case to the Court of Judicial Discipline, which determines if a judge or justice should be suspended, removed from office or otherwise disciplined.

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State judicial board won't drop investigation of judge

1 comment:

Annette said...

All judges should be investigated thoroughly and more complaints should be investigated as well. The public has the right to have the right person on the bench.