Pa. voters opt to keep Eakin on court

John O'Brien Nov. 8, 2011, 9:41pm


HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin won his retention election Tuesday.

Only 27 percent of voters wanted Eakin off the court with nearly 40 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg.

Eakin was elected to the court in 2011 and will be eligible to serve until the court's mandatory retirement age of 70, which he will reach in 2018. He is a former assistant district attorney in Cumberland County.

Recently, he spearheaded the movement to create a Twitter feed for the court.

"The manner and pace in which the Commonwealth's citizens expect to receive information from their government is changing rapidly," Eakin said.

"This is a logical extension of an ongoing commitment to enhance the delivery of court information and services in an efficient and cost-effective manner."

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