An undisclosed financial relationship between former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and one of the three judges overseeing Justice J. Michael Eakin’s ethics trial has raised the question of whether she should have recused herself from the case.

Over the course of two elections, McCaffery’s campaign paid more than $14,000 to Court of Judicial Discipline Judge Carmella Mullen and her husband, James Mullen, for providing campaign support, according to campaign finance reports. Eakin’s four ethics charges stem from the same email scandal that had surrounded McCaffery when he stepped down from the bench in October 2014, just one week after Eakin made public a threat he said McCaffery made against him.

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