Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Martin Zilber resigned amid an ethics investigation into allegations he mistreated staff and allegedly had unauthorized absences from work.

The outlook seemed bleak for Zilber after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a signed stipulation that would have seen the judge agree to a public reprimand, a 60-day suspension without pay and a $30,000 fine.

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