Top 10 Pennsylvania Careers Destroyed or Damaged by the Jerry Sandusky Scandal

careers-damaged-sandusky-scandal-940x540

Now that Seamus McCaffery has retired from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, it’s worth asking: How many significant Pennsylvanians have had their careers destroyed or derailed because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State?

The line between Sandusky and McCaffery isn’t a straight one, of course, but: The “racy emails” that ultimately led to his suspension then retirement were discovered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office as it investigated whether her predecessor, Tom Corbett, had done a sufficient job of investigating the Sandusky case in the first place. No Sandusky, no Kane investigation, and maybe McCaffery is spending this week on the bench instead of vacating it.

Here are the Top 10 careers that have been destroyed or damaged, either directly or indirectly, by the Sandusky scandal, ranked by a combination of their relative importance to the entire state and the damage done to their careers. As you can see, the fallout has spread beyond Penn State and fairly widely across several branches of Pennsylvania state government.
Read more »

Seamus McCaffery Retires From Pennsylvania Supreme Court

mccaffery-940x540

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has retired from the Court, reports the Legal Intelligencer. This follows an earlier report by the Daily News‘ Chris Brennan anticipating the move. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court immediately called off a Judicial Conduct Board investigation of McCaffery’s activities, calling it “moot.”

The JCB issued a statement (see below) saying it was dismissing its investigations into McCaffery — including efforts that had been ongoing for “several months.”
Read more »

Experts: McCaffery Clearance “Unusual”

We told you Tuesday night that Seamus McCaffery, the (suspended) Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, had dropped his defamation suit against the Inky. That paper had reported on referral fees McCaffery’s wife took while he was on the bench: The case went away when the paper agreed to report that the U.S. Attorney’s Office had issued a statement clearing McCaffery of wrongdoing in the matter.

The Legal Intelligencer says today that such statements by federal prosecutors are pretty unusual.
Read more »

Pa. Supreme Court Cancels Justice McCaffery’s State-Provided Internet, Takes His Computers

There’s a lot about the temporary removal of Justice Seamus McCaffery from the court that almost makes you want to send pornographic emails at work. He’s forbidden to work and he still gets paid? That’s the American dream! Can everyone get that deal just by sending pornographic emails?

But not everything’s great for McCaffery in this deal. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has canceled McCaffery’s state-provided Internet at his home and ordered him to turn in his state-issued computers. Not having computers or Internet in Northeast Philly basically means you live in the late ’80s.

Read more »

When Ron Castille Called Seamus McCaffery a “Sociopath”

castille-mccaffery-940x540

Ron Castille and Seamus McCaffery don’t much like each other. Anybody who has paid attention to rivalries on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in recent years knows that.

But McCaffery’s Monday suspension from the court over the “Porngate” scandal was accompanied Monday by a jeremiad from Castille, the court’s chief justice, that displayed a level of enmity rarely seen in American public life anymore.

Here are five of the most dramatic statements from Castille’s Monday concurring statement, which mostly agrees with the order to suspend McCaffery from his duties while the Judicial Conduct Board investigates:
Read more »

McCaffery Temporarily Relieved of Duties

seamus mccaffery

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has been relieved of his duties while the Judicial Conduct Board conducts a fast-track investigation into his involvement in the so-called Porngate scandal in Harrisburg.

McCaffery will be paid during his time away from the court.

The order goes beyond the circumstances of Porngate, however, as the order from the Supreme Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania suggests several matters in which McCaffery’s conduct will be investigated:
Read more »

McCaffery Sorry for Porn Emails, Rips Pa. Chief Justice

castille-mccaffery-940x540

Castille (left) and McCaffery

In a statement released to reporters Thursday, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery apologized for sending hundreds of pornographic emails to employees of state government.

“I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment,” McCaffery wrote. “I erred and if I offended anyone, I am truly sorry.” Yes, he did the “if I offended anyone” thing, but directly apologized and said he erred. An actual apology!

McCaffery also took the time to take a more direct shot at Ron Castille, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Castille and McCaffery have been feuding for years.

Read more »

Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery Tied to Hundreds of Porn Emails

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille said on Wednesday a review found Seamus McCaffery sent and received hundreds of sexually explicit emails.

Castille told reporters that, of the 2,800 emails McCaffery sent or received between 2008 and mid-2012, 234 contained pornographic images or videos. “No other Supreme Court justice was identified as having sent or received any sexually explicit emails,” a statement from Castille’s office said.

Read more »

Judicial Board Will Review McCaffery Emails

seamus mccaffery

Pennsylvania’s Judicial Conduct Board will review whether State Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery violated ethics in the state’s expanding “racy email” scandal, the Inquirer reports.

The scandal has largely been focused on the attorney general’s office under then-Attorney General Tom Corbett. But citizen activist Gene Stilp filed a complaint with the board after The Morning Call reported that McCaffery sent some of the emails from his personal account. While that suggests McCaffery hasn’t run afoul of rules against such activities using state computers and resources,  Stilp said that cases could be compromised by personal emails between the AG’s office and the judiciary.

Read more »

« Older Posts