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Latest fallout in AG's 'porngate' probe: State supreme court judge sent or received over 200 emails

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A justice on Pennsylvania’s top court sent or received more than 200 sexually explicit emails between 2008 and 2012, a probe by the state attorney general’s office has revealed.

The investigation, which showed that Justice Seamus McCaffery was the only state supreme court judge to send or receive such email, was requested by Chief Justice Ronald Castille after AG Kathleen Kane last month publicly identified eight men in her office who sent or received explicit email during the same time period, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“This matter is under further review by the Supreme Court,” says a Wednesday statement from Castille’s office.

McCaffery has previously declined to comment, and his lawyer, Dion Rassias, did not immediately respond to Wednesday requests for comment from the Inquirer.

The justice used a personal email account, rather than his state account, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. But at least some of the emails were sent to the work email addresses of employees in the AG’s office.

The Associated Press, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Philadelphia magazine and the Scranton Times-Tribune also have stories.

Related coverage: “Did any Pennsylvania judges receive ‘porngate’ emails? Chief justice wants to know”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pa. chief justice urges action against McCaffery”

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