7.09.2017

A municipal court judge has been placed on unpaid leave after city officials in Texas learned she is not a U.S. citizen.

Well this is an eye opener...

CORPUS CHRISTI, TexasA municipal court judge has been placed on unpaid leave after city officials in Texas learned she is not a U.S. citizen.


While reading this news article I asked myself what many others must be asking as well - HOW does this even happen?  Well, it ends up the city did not ASK that particular question on the application.


"A question about citizenship wasn't on the application for appointment, Corpus Christi City Councilman Rudy Garza Jr. said Wednesday. The documents instead had a question about whether the applicant was eligible for legal employment in the state."

"Young Min Burkett is a permanent resident and eligible for lawful employment, he added."

But it's IN their city's ordinance... 

"But U.S. citizenship is a requirement to be a municipal court judge, according to the city’s ordinance.

“The error was a city error and we don’t feel Judge Burkett was insincere or did anything in her application or interview that led to any dishonesty on her part,” Garza said."

One of the other questions that came to mind was the legality of EVERY RULING SHE MADE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS SHE HAS HELD THE POSITION.  But I found 'their' answer to that little pesky issue.....

City attorneys had "determined that past rulings of this judge are not invalidated by this status"

Ohhhh I think not.  I'm sure they are HOPING that flies but I know if she had presided over ANY case that I or my family had, I would challenging that ruling.  SHE WAS NOT a citizen of the United States of America, so she would have no legal right to 'judge' my case.  Yep, I'd be challenging that.  And... I'm pretty sure there will be some in the Corpus Christi area that do.

This could get a little messy.................