(Times Free Press) - A federal judge threw out a sexual harassment suit against a former Murray County judge who resigned in the middle of a state ethics investigation.

After former Murray County Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran resigned last summer, three female employees that worked under him filed a complaint saying the judge touched their breasts and made sexual comments in the office.

While U.S. Judge Harold Murphy dismissed the claims, he didn't dismiss Murray County from the suit.

Cochran is also under federal criminal investigation and three people have been indicted in a conspiracy case against the woman who first accused the former judge of soliciting her for sex in his chambers.

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