Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania high court justice hit with ethics charges in scandal over lewd, offensive emails

  • 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. A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends. The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    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. A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends. The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • People walk by the Pennsylvania Judicial Center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends. The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    People walk by the Pennsylvania Judicial Center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends. The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends.

The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges.

The document says at one point Eakin engaged in conduct so extreme that it brought the judicial office into disrepute.

Eakin says the board's action "brings the opportunity for transparency," and he plans to continue to cooperate.

The Republican and former Cumberland County district attorney has been on the high court since 2002. The investigation that resulted in the charges began after Attorney General Kathleen Kane submitted more than 1,000 of Eakin's emails to the conduct agency.