The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, which established an investigative subcommittee earlier this fall to look into an incident between the congressman and an airline employee, ruled that Filner "demonstrated poor judgment" when he got into an altercation with a United employee at Dulles International Airport over the summer.
Filner entered a so-called Alford plea to trespassing in November, days before he was scheduled to appear before a Virginia judge, meaning he acknowledged the evidence against him without officially admitting his guilt. He also wrote a letter apologizing to the airline employee and paid a $100 fine.
In light of those actions, the House ethics panel refrained from any further action.
The committee concluded, "Notwithstanding this determination, the investigative subcommittee agreed unanimously that Representative Filner's conduct demonstrated poor judgment on his part, and that he is responsible for creating a situation that implicated the reputation of the House of Representatives."