|Published:||Sep 23, 2010 7:42 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 23, 2010 4:42 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Judicial Qualifications Commission has dropped a new set of charges against a recently reprimanded Central Florida judge for abusing his power because he is resigning.
The panel Wednesday informed the Florida Supreme Court it was withdrawing the complaint against Seminole County Judge Ralph Eriksson, whose resignation is effective Oct. 30.
Chief Justice Charles Canady publicly reprimanded Eriksson on Aug. 31 for jailing a man because his lawyer angered the judge and berating and demeaning defendants and others.
The now-dropped charges accused him of ignoring appeal court rulings and wrongly jailing people who failed to pay court costs.