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    State panel drops complaint against ex-judge

    ©Associated Press
    January 12, 2003

    TALLAHASSEE -- A state discipline panel has dropped a complaint against former Circuit Judge Joyce Julian, who was found drunk and half-naked on a hotel floor two years ago.

    The Judicial Qualifications Commission dismissed the charge "without prejudice," which means it could be refiled.

    But the panel, which made the decision Tuesday, loses its jurisdiction over judges once they leave the bench.

    Julian, 45, was not re-elected to the Broward Circuit Court in November.

    She was arrested Dec. 1, 2001, after police found her lying in a public area of the hotel wearing only a shirt. She was attending a judicial conference at the posh Amelia Island Plantation resort in northeast Florida.

    Julian is still a licensed attorney and the Florida Bar could take action against her. Julian's attorney, Michael Dutko, said Friday that he knows of no further action pending against her.

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