The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board has shed some light on its reasoning for dismissing a complaint against Justice J. Michael Eakin last year, and ethics attorneys said the decision seemed appropriate given the evidence the board had at the time.

In a five-page letter the board sent to Eakin last December after reviewing allegedly offensive emails involving the justice, the JCB said Eakin’s conduct did not rise to the level of requiring discipline, and that judges are entitled to some measure of privacy. Eakin waived his confidentiality, allowing the board to publish the letter on its website.

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