On July 31, 2017, United States District Court Judge Patricia Minaldi announced her retirement. Her announcement comes several months after taking medical leave for severe alcoholism; her medical leave was the result of a lawsuit filed by colleague U.S. Magistrate Kathleen Kay. Mag. Judge Kay, who has had power of attorney over Judge Minaldi’s affairs since 2007, alleged that Judge Minaldi’s physical and mental capacity obstructed her abilities to manage her personal and financial affairs. Judge Minaldi revoked Mag. Judge Kay’s power of attorney within days after suit was filed. Judge Minaldi was nominated as District Judge in the Lake Charles division in 2003 by former President George W. Bush. Her retirement leaves the Lake Charles division without a district judge.
Megan T. Jaynes