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Judge Minaldi pleads guilty to first-offense DWI

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: 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".

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