Judge Merrilee Ehrlich was featured in a video of the April 15 court case in which Sandra Faye Twiggs was shouted. The 59-year-old was in court after a dispute over a fan in her home in Lauderhill.
Twiggs was in a wheelchair while performing and suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and diabetes
Ehrlich is seen in the video that tears Twiggs and once said, "I'm not here to talk about your breathing treatments "
Anna Twiggs rescued her sister from prison on Monday night. She said she found her sister dead in her bed on Wednesday morning.
"I love my sister and I miss my sister very much," Anna Twiggs told CNN. "The judge was so mean to my sister, she did not let my sister breathe when she needed one," said Twiggs.
Chief Judge Jack Tuter, who oversees the 1
"In the light of recent events, Judge Ehrlich has decided not to return to the courthouse as her retirement will take effect on June 30. I will work to find a replacement for Judge Ehrlich's division," said He does.
CNN reached Ehrlich, but did not receive a comment.
Tuter said that he would personally reach the family today to "broaden an apology on behalf of the 17th Circle for the way her family member was treated by Judge Ehrlich."
He added, "This is in I will speak with all our judges this week to reiterate the public confidence that has been invested in our work: All of our citizens, no matter what they might bring to the courthouse deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. "