Before the era of 24/7 media and social networks, allegations that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery was transmitting porn emails would have been kept under wraps. After the matter was investigated and action designated, there might be a short notice distributed to only those who had a need to know. That's how things were allowed to be done.
But this is a time when such a story will be played out for all its worth in terms of traffic for media. The more traffic means higher prices for digital advertising.
So, it should be no surprise that so many associated with the law in PA are getting their two or three cents in. That commentary has been captured by Jacob Gershman in The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).
Some decry the supposed vile act. Among them is retired PA SC justice Sandra Schultz Newman. On the other hand, there are those who decry the Court, which suspended McCaffery with pay, for taking this step. Lawyer Samuel Stetton says that violates a 1993 amendment to the PA constitution.
Likely this allegation and how the state's legal powers which be deal with it will have a long shelf life. Buzz, like moods, is contagious. We talk. And increasingly it's to media and on social networks.