Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 4:55 PM
Federal Judge Patricia Minaldi pleaded guilty to first-offense DWI Thursday in city court.
Minaldi entered a guilty plea around 10 a.m. Thursday before Judge Tom Quirk, Judicial Administrator Tim Leger said.
Minaldi was given a year’s probation, a $400 fine plus $300 in court costs, and must attend church.
Posted By: CODY On: 9/20/2015
This woman definitely needs psychiatric intervention, plain and simple, I sure hope she gets counseling ASAP! She needs to be impeached. She is an Article III appointee to the federal bench, in a nutshell, Article III do not have to worry about being removed, "only for bad behavior."
"The discipline process of federal judges is initiated by the filing of a complaint by any person alleging that a judge has engaged in conduct "prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts, or alleging that such judge is unable to discharge all the duties of the office by reason of mental or physical disability." If the chief judge of the circuit does not dismiss the complaint or conclude the proceedings, then he or she must promptly appoint himself or herself, along with equal numbers of circuit judges and district judges, to a special committee to investigate the facts and allegations in the complaint. The committee must conduct such investigation as it finds necessary and then expeditiously file a comprehensive written report of its investigation with the judicial council of the circuit involved. Upon receipt of such a report, the judicial council of the circuit involved may conduct any additional investigation it deems necessary, and it may dismiss the complaint.
If a judge who is the subject of a complaint holds his or her office during good behavior, action taken by the judicial council may include certifying disability of the judge. The judicial council may also, in its discretion, refer any complaint under 28 U.S.C. § 351, along with the record of any associated proceedings and its recommendations for appropriate action, to the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Judicial Conference may exercise its authority under the judicial discipline provisions as a conference, or through a standing committee appointed by the Chief Justice."
Of special note here--"...or alleging that such judge is unable to discharge all the duties of the office by reason of mental or physical disability."" She, apparently on a Thursday, during daylight hours, (during normal court hours) was observed in a incapacitated state of intoxication. Obviously, she is under a mental impairment and needs not to be on the bench at all. This is a habitual problem with judges and lawyers taking care of themselves. WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND JUSTICE!! Church, what about separation of church and state, community service is required, not church service!!! WE THE PEOPLE WANT JUSTICE!!!
Posted By: Holly On: 3/10/2014
Title: Active Alcoholic Remains on Bench
Judge Minaldi has already resumed drinking at her local watering holes. Clearly, her DWI is just a symptom of her advanced alcoholism. Furthermore, our community remains with an active alcoholic Judge on the bench and we deserve better. Judge Minaldi should by required to enter a long term treatment facility because she has relapse after more limited treatment.
Posted By: Sean On: 3/5/2014
Title: At Least It was Settled Quickly
I have to say that this was handled better than I expected. I figured she would get off based on her connections. The video made it impossible to doubt the truth, so it saved time, cost, and effort to admit guilt. She definitely got special consideration in not having to do community service and AA, but it was still more justice than I expected.
Posted By: Sabrena Patterson On: 3/1/2014
Title: flawed judicial system? yes
I am truly amazed that Judge Patricia Minaldi got just a tap on her wrist for her die offense. Where is her community service? How about Alcoholics Anonymous? This woman is a judge. She knows better, no ignorance of the law there. It just proves that equality has gone by the wayside. This is no way to set an example for the public. I'm so ashamed of our judicial system. It seems like the judges are making the rules as they see fit. I guess they are taking care of their own. It made headlines and showed on television stations. And then, just a little article about a slapped wrist. This just makes me sick and disgusted.
Posted By: Just Wondering On: 3/1/2014
Title: What About Kleckley
I haven't seen an article or editorial concerning the results of an investigative report by Lee Zurick of WVUE TV of New Orleans. According to the report, Chuck Kleckley violated state law and that he returned 73,000 dollars to donors last year! In addition, the article states the Louisiana State Board of Ethics is currently investigating this violation, but that as of yet, the State Ethics Board has not brought forth any charges against Kleckley. I thought since the American Press did such a good job in bringing Minaldi to justice, they might try their luck at going after Kleckley! The title of the article is, "Lee Zurick Investigation: Some PAC limit violators cough up excess funds".