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Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Martin Zilber. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Martin Zilber. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Martin Zilber is facing discipline after admitting and apologizing for mistreating his staff and taking unauthorized absences.

It’s a discipline case that draws attention to the imbalance of power that exists between a judge and their assistants, as Zilber was accused of being intemperate toward his bailiff and judicial assistant, requiring them to complete personal tasks for him including online shopping, scrapbooking and registering his car, refusing to approve his judicial assistant’s overtime, regularly leaving the courthouse early and not reporting absences.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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