- MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Court documents show a federal judge in Louisiana was pulled off a criminal case following a series of mistakes in routine trial procedures. The documents also indicate she delegated some of her judicial duties to a prosecutor.
The documents, including a transcript that The Associated Press petitioned to have unsealed this week, detail U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi’s unusual behavior in February as she presided over a trial for a man charged with fraud.
The newly unsealed transcript reveals attorneys asked for a mistrial because even basic requirements — like telling jurors that the burden of proof lies with prosecutors, not the defense — weren’t followed.
Weeks later, Minaldi was removed from a string of unrelated cases against a south Louisiana sheriff and several subordinates without explanation.
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