HARRISBURG, Tuesday, Dec. 8 – In response to the Judicial Conduct Board’s announcement today that it has filed formal charges against state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin for his receipt and forwarding of racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams issued the following statement:

“I appreciate that the Judicial Conduct Board has done its work diligently and has come to the conclusion it has. Hopefully, the Court of Judicial Discipline will also work diligently to bringing this to an end.

“Justice Eakin must step down or be forced to do so.”

Williams said Eakin’s involvement in the factory of racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails – and his poor decision to use commonwealth technology to broadcast those messages – was cited by the Judicial Conduct Board as reason for its four-count complaint against the PA Supreme Court justice.

In the past month, Sen. Williams has lead the call for Eakin’s resignation, holding community and press events in Philadelphia and in Harrisburg.

Sen. Williams said he plans to talk tomorrow during his press conference about one aspect of the Hategate case he finds troubling: Justice Eakin’s use of public equipment to broadcast hateful messages.

Media coverage is invited.

Press Conference Details

WHAT: Sen. Williams to talk with reporters about the Judicial Conduct Board’s complaint against state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9

WHERE: Media Center, East Wing, state Capitol, Harrisburg


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