Embattled former U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi was found dead in her home on Saturday.
She was just 60.
Minaldi retired in 2017 amid struggles with alcoholism, for which she began treatment in July of that year.
She had been appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush in 2003.
Prior to that, Minaldi served on the 14th Judicial District Court starting in 1996.
History of Problems
But despite her history in public service, Minaldi’s career was tainted toward the end due to her problems with alcohol.
In 2014, she was arrested on a DUI charge in Louisiana.
According to police reports, she had an open container in her car while she was driving.
In 2016, her problems became more apparent during a criminal trial over which she was presiding.
Minaldi neglected to determine if jurors in the case were actual citizens.
She also forgot to deliver the pre-trial instruction to the jurors.
At one point in the trial, she even burst out at the prosecuting attorney: “I have no idea what is going on here. Get your act together.”
Both the public defender and the prosecuting attorney requested a mistrial.
The case was eventually reassigned to another judge who did declare a mistrial.
Not long after that, Minaldi went on medical leave to treat alcohol addiction, finally resulting in her July 2017 retirement.