Eakin Was Cleared by Friend in 2014 Review
Ever since new revelations came to light about State Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin’s emails, many have wondered why the 2014 study didn’t reveal the full information.
William Bender of the Daily News seems to have found the answer.
Graci is not only a friend of Eakin’s but helped his 2011 re-election campaign by defending the judge’s fundraising.
“I was general counsel to Justice Eakin’s retention campaign committee, that’s true, and it was in that capacity those statements were made,” Graci told Bender.
Graci was appointed to his current position a year later. He defended himself by saying that the Board made the ultimate decision on Eakin and that he doesn’t have a vote on the Board. He has said that Kathleen Kane withheld emails from the investigation last year.
It is unclear if Graci ever disclosed his relationship with Eakin to the other members of the State Supreme Court or the Judicial Conduct Board.