- Associated Press - Monday, November 16, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A member of the judicial ethics panel investigating a state Supreme Court justice received pornographic images from another justice who abruptly retired a year ago over his own role in the email circle, according to a newspaper report.

Eugene Dooley, a police chief in Chester County’s East Whiteland Township, was among a group that received the emails from then-Justice Seamus McCaffery, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

Dooley referred questions to the Judicial Conduct Board, saying he was not able to discuss board business.

The newspaper said Dooley was on the board last year when the email scandal erupted, causing his fellow justices to suspend McCaffery before he retired. It said Dooley’s emails during 2008 and 2009 contained at least 11 from McCaffery and others that contained sexually explicit content, including naked women and women engaged in sex acts.

It’s not clear whether Dooley voted last year when the board cleared Justice Michael Eakin. The board is reinvestigating Eakin’s email practices after Attorney General Kathleen Kane made public dozens of emails he received, and a few he sent, with lewd photos and salacious jokes.

Eakin apologized last month for content he described as insensitive and said the emails were out of character for him.

Last week, a board spokesman said its chairwoman, District Judge Jayne Duncan, had recused herself from the Eakin matter. She had hired Eakin’s lawyer wife to represent her in a civil matter brought by the local district attorney over her handling of a traffic case.

Also last week, the board’s chief counsel, Bob Graci, stepped aside from participation in the Eakin investigation after the Philadelphia Daily News reported that he played a significant role in Eakin’s retention election four years ago.

Graci, citing board confidentiality rules, declined to tell the Inquirer whether Dooley told the board he had received similar messages from McCaffery.

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