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L&A Ethics Attorney Quoted Again About Justice Eakin Email Scandal

November 4, 2015

Lowenthal & Abrams – Becoming a Go-To Source for the Legal Intelligencer and Ethics

The Legal Intelligencer, a top legal news source, again reached out to Lowenthal & Abrams’ ethics attorney, Jennifer Ellis, for her thoughts on the Justice Eakin email scandal. As most Pennsylvanians know, we have suffered quite a few issues with our judges over the past several years. Currently, the question is whether Justice Eakin should be removed from the bench due to a number of inappropriate emails he sent from a private email account. In her first conversation with the Legal, Ellis expressed her view that judges have a right to privacy, but there are lines that should not be crossed. The Legal’s second article involves the recommendation by the Supreme Court’s special counsel to wait for the Judicial Conduct Board to make a decision, as opposed to seeking to remove Justice Eakin immediately. Ellis agreed, stressing that it is critical that an appropriate investigation occurs before an elected official is removed from office.

“Legal ethics attorney Jennifer Ellis of Lowenthal & Abrams agreed with Hare that the report was balanced. The JCB should act promptly, she said, but the decision should not be rushed.’There’s sort of this pressure to act immediately but these are serious decisions with serious consequences,’ Ellis said. ‘This is an elected official and I think that if we’re going to remove an elected official we should make sure that it’s necessary to do so.’

As a personal injury law firm, Lowenthal & Abrams believes everyone is entitled to due process of law. Whether that person was injured in a car accident or is accused of sending improper emails, people have the right to their Constitutional protections. Regardless of our personal views about Justice Eakin’s emails, he too deserves the same protections as all other citizens of Pennsylvania and the United States of America.

See Report: Supreme Court Should Defer to JCB on Eakin Emails to read the full article.

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