The Latest: Judge says cases halted if alcohol interfered
Posted April 14
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Latest on a federal judge ordered to get alcoholism treatment after her removal from cases (all times local):
A federal judge in Louisiana who took medical leave for treatment of severe alcoholism says there are no grounds to challenge cases resolved in her court.
U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi said in interviews published Friday that proceedings were halted in any cases where alcohol prevented her from handling her duties.
Minaldi also told KPLC-TV (http://bit.ly/2oHONrQ ) and the American Press newspaper (http://bit.ly/2nNsgdU ) that she isn't sure whether she will return to the bench. She said her medical leave will continue until it's clear that her problem is under control.
Minaldi's unusual behavior preceded her being removed from a string of federal cases. A federal magistrate filed a lawsuit last month challenging her capacity to manage her own affairs.
Minaldi says she will fight that lawsuit.
A federal judge whose unusual behavior preceded her mysterious removal from a string of cases was ordered to get treatment for alcoholism so severe a colleague believes she cannot take care of herself.
Court records released Thursday say the chief judge for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi of Louisiana to complete at least 90 days of substance abuse treatment due to the severity of her alcoholism.
Minaldi has been on medical leave since December.
Last month, a federal magistrate who's a longtime friend of Minaldi filed a lawsuit challenging her mental and physical capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs.
Court officials haven't explained why Minaldi was pulled off several cases, including one marred by mistakes in routine trial procedures.