“I apologize to my brethren, to the judiciary, to the legal profession, to people who voted for me, to people who didn’t vote for me, for what I have allowed to happen,” he stated. “Perhaps my demeanor was ‘one of the boys,’. But what I sent was to people who were ‘one of the boys.’ It was in the locker room.”
A number of witnesses appeared to defend Eakin’s character while the Justice himself argued that he is the victim of a “media circus”.
At stake is whether Eakin will be suspended for his conduct, which the Court could decide as early as this week.
In 2014, when accusations first surfaced, Eakin was cleared by the Judicial Conduct Board in a questionable investigation. Since then, the Board charged Eakin with misconduct while an aborted attempt to stack the deck in his favor led Governor Wolf to call for the Justice’s resignation.