The Judicial Conduct Board announced on Tuesday that they were filing misconduct charges against Justice Eakin.
This investigation was instigated after Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed that Eakin had sent and received a large number of inappropriate and offensive emails. Eakin was cleared of this charge last year after allegations from ex-Justice Seamus McCaffery, but the case was re-opened after Kane’s comments.
In their 52-page ruling, the Board charged Eakin with three counts. The first stated that he “failed to conduct himself in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the Judiciary.”
The second charge asserted that Eakin had “acted in a manner that detracted from the dignity of his office.” The third and final charge concerned an overall ethical violation.
The judge will now likely face trial before the Court of Judicial Discipline.
According to Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer, Eakin is looking forward to a public hearing.
“As such, I welcome it,” he said.