(UPDATE) Pa. Supreme Court Justice: McCaffery Threatened to Release Emails

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Justices Seamus McCaffery, left, and J. Michael Eakin, right.

[Update 4 p.m.] Justice McCaffery has just released a statement giving his side of Eakin’s allegations:

“Yesterday, I had a phone conversation with Justice J. Michael Eakin, whom I respect as a colleague.  The purpose of my call was to inform him that I was hearing strong rumors that a personal email account that belonged to him contained not only hundreds of sexually explicit emails, but – even worse – racially offensive images.  In light of my own recent experience, and given the way these emails have been leaking, I expressed my concern for him, especially because of the racially-charged emails, which, as I recall, I told him I feared could bring him down.

“Although he was extremely agitated and upset, Justice Eakin told me he appreciated the call and the ‘heads-up’ and specifically lamented the fact that this whole email controversy has been Chief Justice Castille’s doing.  In fact, he told me that he had written to Castille on Monday to urge him to stop putting out all of this information, but that he was certain he could not stop the Chief Justice from continuing his attacks against me.

“I unequivocally deny Justice Eakin’s allegations that I threatened or coerced him to do anything.  What I did do was to try to help him prepare himself for the same kind of media onslaught that I have endured, and urged him to talk to his close, personal friend, Ronald Castille, to stop the mud-slinging that has so tarnished our Court.  I unequivocally deny that I have or ever have had Justice Eakin’s personal emails, and I have never leaked anything to the media.”

[Original] The Pennsylvania porn email scandal just got even weirder.

After a report today tied a second Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, J. Michael Eakin, to pornographic emails sent to a private account, Eakin sent a statement to the state’s Judicial Conduct Board saying Justice Seamus McCaffery threatened to release those emails unless Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille rescinded his comments earlier in the week.

“The subject of much recent publicity concerning the sending of salacious emails, Justice McCaffrey next told me he ‘was not going down alone.’ Justice McCaffrey told me that I had to cause the chief justice to retract his media statements of the prior day,” the letter to the JCB read. “I told him I would not attempt to do so even if it were possible. He repeated that I had to, and that he ‘needed an answer’ by noon to prevent release of the emails involving my account.”

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Pennsylvania Attorney General, Chief Justice Reach Porn Deal

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Pennsylvania’s porn email scandal drags on. On Wednesday, the office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille reached a deal over porn emails. She will turn over the names of judges or judicial employees who had exchanged sexually explicit emails on state accounts.

She won’t, however, give the messages to Castille. She’ll allow him to view the emails and pornographic content, but will only give him copies of the emails “without explicit content,” per the Inquirer. It’s unclear why Kane won’t share the porn with Castille. Does she think he’ll, in turn, start forwarding around these messages again?

To be fair, a judge is involved in this scandal: Judge Seamus McCaffery (of Eagles Court fame) reportedly sent at least 10 messages from a personal email account to the state account of someone in the Attorney General’s office. (“I just wonder why a half dozen private emails, allegedly from Justice McCaffery’s personal computer, are front page news,” a spokesman for the judge said in a statement.)

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Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Resigns Over Porn Email Scandal

abruzzo Chris Abruzzo, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, resigned today. Abruzzo was one of eight Pennsylvania state officials named by Attorney General Kathleen Kane as having received pornographic messages on state email accounts.

Dana Aunkst, a 22-year vet of the department, will take over as Acting DEP Secretary.

The press release announcing his resignation did not mention the pornographic email scandal. “Secretary Abruzzo made his decision based on the best interest of the important mission of the Department of Environmental Protection,” the release said.

But the Pennsylvania Independent got a hold of Abruzzo’s resignation letter (bel0w) and posted it. He mentions the pornographic email scandal directly.

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Man: I Traded Porn to Philadelphia Judge to Get Tickets Fixed

If you want to get out of a traffic ticket in Philadelphia, just ply the judge with porn.

Okay, this isn’t the case any more. But, though the deal appears to have only been available to Southwest Philly auto kingpin Henry “Eddie” Alfano, it did exist: Alfano pleaded guilty Thursday to 13 counts of conspiracy and fraud for trading porn and other favors to former Traffic Court judge Fortunato Perri Sr. In exchange, Perri would fix tickets for Alfano.

Alfano, 68, said the mutual favors stemmed from a long friendship with Perri, but admitted in court on Thursday they were illegal. “Judge Perri was a dear and old friend,” he said in court yesterday. “But what I did, asking him for consideration, was extremely wrong and illegal.” Perri, 77, pleaded guilty last year.

Investigators recorded calls where Alfano offered free auto repairs. One found Perri asking Alfano to leave porn films in the trunk for him; Alfano is the landlord for two strip clubs and the Venus Video Adult Superstore. “Pack ’em real nice … tape ’em and all,” Perri said on the recording.

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Brews, Tunes and Porn at Atlantic City Beer Fest and Beer Week

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The eighth annual rendition of what may be the nation’s second-biggest beer fest is happening once again in Atlantic City on April 5th and 6th and this time there’s some seriously kick-ass music. Rusted Root, Reverend Horton Heat and The Bouncing Souls are headlining the AC Beer and Music Fest, which spans three sessions Friday night and Saturday. Hundreds of brews will be there for the sipping, and the illustrious and mustachioed promoter, Jon Henderson, expects 24,000 attendees, plus the Brazzers Girls (ask your husband–trust us, he’ll know). New this year is the Mustache Lounge, a relaxing side room where brewers and incredibly smart, talented and smoking hot experts from the beer world – who, me? – will lead mini beer demonstrations with food and chocolate.

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Freedom for…Porn?

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A quick click onto popular gay porn sites these days shows a lot (a lot) of barebacking (or gay male sex without condoms). But 30 years after AIDS came into our vernacular, should actors and directors in these films have the right to use condoms – or not?

That’s the question many in the porn industry are asking now that Los Angeles (a veritable capital of porn production in the U.S. with an estimated 90 percent or more of these films made in the San Fernando Valley) has voted to deny permits to any X-rated film that violates a law requiring that porn actors wrap their rascals.

The city council approved the measure last week thanks to pressure from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AFH), a sponsor of the bill. Apparently there was a law already on the books in the Southern California city – but it wasn’t being enforced. Now, however, the city says it will go so far as to deny permits to any porn production that doesn’t use condoms. In the past decade, porn shoots have been suspended several times following high-profile cases where porn performers have been infected with HIV.

“It’s a great day for the performers and safer sex in our society,” says Michael Weinstein, president of AHF. “This is the first legislative body to take up the issue and the near-unanimous support is very gratifying.”

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But porn industry representatives are furious at the vote. Diane Duke of the lobbying group Free Speech Coalition has said, “This is government overreach. It’s not about performer health and safety, it’s about government regulating what happens between consenting adults.”

Health officials say safe sex is common sense- especially in the workplace where the work is about, well, sex.

“Personally at every opportunity I have to do anything to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, I always take that opportunity,” explains Councilman Paul Koretz. But he also adds, “I think there’s no doubt: the voters would see this as a common sense issue and pass it.”

But for studios who have used barebacking and other unsafe sex acts for profit – will that encourage them to go rogue with shoots that completely ignore guidelines? And could this actually create a much bigger problem in the industry?

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6 Strangest Things Ever Done With Peeps

I don’t know what it is about Peeps that inspires such loathsomeness and creativity in people. Maybe it’s the colors. Maybe it’s the simplicity of them–just gobs of marshmallow, and yet imbued somehow with an almost Zen-like calm. Or maybe there’s something in the food dyes that makes normally rational people go plumb loco when in their presence.

Over the years, folks have done all sorts of weird things with Peeps (see for example: Peeps dioramas, Peeps dresses, and the Peep Jesus), but none of those even come close to what we have collected here: The 6 strangest things ever done with, near or involving Peeps.

Enjoy…

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