Feds close investigation into fees law firms paid to wife of Pennsylvania high court justice

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PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities in Philadelphia say they won't file charges after investigating referral fees paid by law firms to the wife of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.

The U.S. attorney's office said this week that it and the FBI concluded that federal criminal charges shouldn't be filed, and closed the investigation.

The statement came out a day after four of McCaffery's fellow justices ordered him suspended amid a scandal over pornographic emails. In the suspension order, the justices cited several matters they wanted judicial conduct investigators to explore, including the referral fees.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported last year that some of the eight law firms that had paid the fees to Lise Rapaport have argued cases in front of McCaffery. Rapaport, a lawyer, is McCaffery's chief administrative judicial assistant.

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