A sitting municipal court judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been placed on unpaid leave after it was discovered that she was NOT an American citizen.
And while Judge Young Min Burkett is not in the U.S. illegally — she is reportedly a permanent resident eligible for lawful employment — her case offers an example of just how thoroughly non-citizens have permeated American society.
— Caller.com (@callerdotcom) May 17, 2017
U.S. citizenship is a requirement to be a municipal judge, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported, but the city is taking responsibility for the mishap.
“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,” city councilman Rudy Garza Jr. said, insisting the application didn’t have any questions about citizenship.
It did have a question on being eligible for legal employment in Texas, according to the Caller-Times.
Burkett, who is from South Korea, has not commented, but her husband did.
“The job posting specified only the ability to work in the U.S.,” Nathan Burkett told the Caller-Times. “She has never made a representation that she is a citizen.”
Not too worry, though, she faces no real consequences.
Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio said the city placed Burkett on a 90-day unpaid leave — to give her time to obtain citizenship, so she can keep her job.
As for U.S. citizens who’ve come before Burkett in the courtroom, Rubio said city attorneys have “determined that past rulings of this judge are not invalidated by this status.”
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