Patricia Minaldi

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Patricia Minaldi
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Lake Charles, LA
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   05/09/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   James Trimble
Past post:   14th Judicial District, Judge
Past term:   1996 - 2003
Personal History
Born:   1959
Hometown:   Somerville, MA
Undergraduate:   Wesleyan U., 1980
Law School:   Tulane Law, 1983

Patricia Minaldi is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. She joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Education

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, Minaldi graduated from Wesleyan University with her B.A. in 1980, and later from Tulane University School of Law with her J.D. in 1983.[1]

Professional career

Minaldi worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Orleans Parish from 1983 to 1986, and also served as an Assistant District Attorney for Calcasieu Parish from 1986 to 1996. In 1996, Minaldi was appointed as Circuit Court Judge in the 14th Judicial District Court of Louisiana, where she served from 1996 to 2003.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Louisiana

Minaldi was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana by President George W. Bush on January 15, 2003, to a seat vacated by James Trimble as Trimble assumed senior status. Minaldi was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2003, on a Senate vote and received commission on May 9, 2003.[2]

Notable cases

Town's enforcement of pit bull ban is barred by judge (2014)

Following the seizure of a local family's dog by town authorities, Judge Minaldi issued an order prohibiting New Llano, Louisiana, from instituting its ban on pit bulls and pit bull look-alikes until a hearing could be held to determine the family's rights.

Articles:

9/11 Anthrax case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (USA v. Long, 6:02-cr-60029-PM-KK)

On September 2, 2009, Judge Minaldi dismissed a request from federal prosecutors to re-try Stephen Michael Long on charges of making threats with weapons of mass destruction after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his conviction in April of 2009. In 2004, Long was convicted of mailing threats using anthrax, and was sentenced to thirty years in prison before the Fifth Circuit reversed his conviction.[3]

DWI charge

In February 2014, the Lake Charles Police Department charged Judge Minaldi with a first-offense DWI, a misdemeanor. Originally, the judge was charged with an open container citation. Local station KPLC-TV obtained video footage from the dashboard camera of the police car, which can be viewed in the video on the right.[4]

No date has been set for the arraignment, at which time Judge Minaldi will enter a plea related to the charge.[5]

See also

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Trimble
Western District of Louisiana
2003–Current
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
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