Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin tendered his resignation from the state's high court, ending a six-month fight for survival in an angry court of public opinion.
Eakin's resignation was announced by his attorney, William Costopoulos, minutes after it was delivered to court offices in Harrisburg, reported the Harrisburg Patriot News.
The resignation will leave the court functioning with six justices until a successor is appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf and confirned by the Pennsylvania state Senate.
It also brings to a sudden and quiet end Eakin's public argument that a man whoprivately laughs at racial, ethnic and sexual humor can fairly judge essential legal issues pertaining to civil rights and fairness in the criminal justice system.
In a series of rulings this winter, that argument appeared to be running headlong into a statewide judicial ethics court that appears newly-sensitized to fixing even the appearance of a slanted criminal justice system.
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