ralph_eriksson_web.jpgSANFORD, Fla. (AP) – A central Florida judge has been publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court for his treatment of the defendants, plaintiffs and lawyers who went before his bench.

Seminole County Judge Ralph Eriksson was rebuked Tuesday for being mean and dismissive to several people who appeared before him in 2007, including individuals seeking domestic violence injunctions.

He also was criticized for punishing an attorney who had asked for a new judge by throwing the lawyer's client in jail.

Eriksson has insisted he never did anything intentionally wrong. He is set to retire at the end of the year when his term expires.


Pictured:   Seminole County Judge Ralph Eriksson