HARRISBURG (WBRE/WYOU) – Embattled Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday, ending six months of controversy surrounding his tenure on the bench.
News of the resignation came from Eakin’s attorney, William Costopoulos.
Reaction to the resignation was quick, with Governor Tom Wolf stating “(T)he continued abuse of the public trust is simply unacceptable. Today is another reminder of why we must all work with urgency to restore the public’s trust in their government as well as the integrity of the judicial.”
The resignation will leave the court functioning with six justices until a successor is appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf and confirmed by the Pennsylvania state Senate.
Eakin had been the center of public opinion controversy after Attorney General Kathleen Kane released 48 emails that had either been sent to, or from, Eakon’s private email account.
The Justice had been scheduled to stand trial in that court later this month on charges that he had violated several rules of judicial conduct.
It was not immediately clear if the resignation, effective immediately, will end the case before the Court of Judicial Discipline.
The 67-year-old Mechanicsburg native and former Cumberland County District Attorney, has been on the state’s high court since 2001, after six years on the Superior Court.