PornGate Wasn’t so Funny After All
When PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged with violating a grand jury gag order last year, her defense seemed to be that the old boy network was picking on her because she was a woman rocking the boat, and here are all these racial/pornographic emails to embarrass them. Well, there was much embarrassment, one Supreme Court justice resigned and one faces suspension. It all seemed like such a farce. But it seems there were some real life consequences of their disrespect for women and minorities:
“Mallissa Weaver knew she faced long odds when in 2008 she sought to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that unrelenting sexual harassment by her former boss was so egregious that the justices should overturn a state law that barred her from suing for discrimination.
“Much as she expected, she lost. She left her job at a small financial planning office in rural Snyder County and resolved to put the experience behind her.
“But as the statewide Porngate scandal continues to widen, Weaver is finding it more difficult to remain at peace with the outcome of her case”
Further, “And in Cumberland County, death-row inmate Antyane Robinson is seeking a Supreme Court rehearing, saying the email traffic between Eakin, who wrote an opinion denying his earlier appeal, and the trial prosecutor in his case suggests an inappropriately friendly relationship and a potential bias toward the government case that earned Robinson a death sentence for the 1997 murder of a romantic rival.
“The emails, Robinson’s Luzerne County lawyer Enid Harris wrote in a filing last month, ‘indicate an utter lack of judicial sensibility and impartiality necessary for Eakin to have provided a fair review.’”
It really casts the impartiality of those who judge us and cause you to wonder if they really respect everybody who comes before the court.
“You have to wonder what mentality these guys had when they were weighing my arguments,” Weaver said. “Were they looking at what happened to me and thinking, ‘What’s the big deal?’”