Eakin’s lawyer announced today that the judge will be resigning from the highest court in the commonwealth.
“We have lost one of the finest jurists on the court,” Eakin’s lawyer, William Costopoulos, told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. “His opinions and writings will withstand the test of history.”
In October, Attorney General Kathleen Kane reignited the issue. After it was revealed that Eakin’s fellow Justices were trying to pack the Court of Judicial Discipline in his favor, the tide turned against the judge.
Besides the scandal, this move has considerable political repercussions. After the shift last November, Eakin was one of only two Republicans left on the PA Supreme Court. Now Chief Justice Thomas Saylor is the lone GOP judge, accompanied by five Democrats.
UPDATE: Gov. Wolf issued the following statement in response:
“The 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 system.
“As the Pennsylvania Constitution explicitly states, this vacancy shall be filled by the appointment of the governor. I will nominate an individual in due time, and I look forward to the Senate providing advice and consent regarding my nomination.