- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has suspended one of its justices, Democrat Seamus McCaffery, over the revelation that he received and sent pornographic emails to friends.

Three of the court’s seven justices issued an order Monday suspending Justice McCaffery, a former Philadelphia homicide detective, for 30 days due to a “compelling and immediate need to protect and preserve the integrity” of the court.

The episode also highlighted a long-running feud between Justice McCaffery and Chief Justice Ron Castille, a Republican, who issued a separate statement saying his colleague exhibits “pathological symptoms” of a “sociopath.”

Justice Castille wrote that a “prominent medical journal” defined a sociopath as someone “not caring about others, thinking he or she can do whatever is in that person’s own self-interest and having little or no sympathy for others.”

The order suspending Justice McCaffery said he exchanged “hundreds of sexually explicit emails” with staff of the state Attorney General’s office and that he “importuned” associate Justice J. Michael Eakin to get Justice Castille to stop pursuing a probe of the matter, or else he’d leak embarrassing emails about Justice Eakin to the media.

The state’s “porn wars” have also become an issue in the governor’s race, with two top aides to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett resigning after it was revealed they traded porno emails while they worked for Mr. Corbett during his time as attorney general several years ago.

Mr. Corbett, in turn, brought out the fact that several former employees of his Democratic challenger, former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf, were disciplined for circulating pornographic emails while Mr. Wolf was in office in 2007-08.

Justice Eakin filed a complaint with the state’s Judicial Conduct Board on Friday after the Philadelphia Daily News reported that he had received sexually explicit and racist emails at a private email account with phony name. He told the board that Justice McCaffery had called him last week before the emails were leaked to say he “was not going down alone,” the paper reported.

Justice Castille’s statement on Monday said “that sort of threat borders on criminal conduct.”

The order suspending Justice McCaffery said that Justice Castille found some of the material Justice McCaffery’s emails “extremely disturbing.” He described one “depicting a naked 100-year-old woman as the target of a sexually explicit joke and a video of a woman in sexual congress with a snake.”

Justice McCaffery last week apologized for a “lapse in judgment” about the emails and blamed the chief justice for a “cooked-up controversy.”

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