- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A Seminole-Brevard circuit judge who is set to go on trial before a judicial ethics panel in August has resigned.

The Orlando Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1Axmldw ) reports Linda Schoonover stepped down from her position Tuesday. Officials say Schoonover was facing the prospect of being thrown out of office amid a wide-ranging series of misconduct allegations.

One Winter Springs woman says Schoonover retaliated against her in a divorce case because she refused the judge’s friend request on Facebook. The state Judicial Qualifications Commission accused Schoonover of lacking professional competence of behavior that was inexplicable, disruptive and repeatedly expressed paranoia.

Schoonover was elected circuit judge in 2010 in the 18th Judicial Circuit - Seminole and Brevard counties.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, https://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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