A Texas Judge was put on 90 days unpaid leave after officials found out that she was not a US citizen.
Yep, that’s breaking a couple of laws!
Young Min Burkett is a permanent resident and eligible for lawful employment in the U.S. but according to Corpus Christi City’s ordinance, a municipal court judge must have U.S. citizenship.
Did these people not check that out when they hired her? When that’s a requirement for the job, you better be on top of it!
According to the Waco Tribune,
Officials in South Texas have placed a municipal court judge on unpaid leave after it was discovered she’s not a U.S. citizen.
Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that Judge Young Min Burkett was placed on leave for 90 days with the intention that will be enough time for her to obtain citizenship.
Rubio says the city never asked during the qualification process to become a municipal judge whether Burkett was a citizen, and says Burkett never tried to deceive or misrepresent her background.
Apparently, the question on the application was whether the applicant was eligible for legal employment in the state, not if the applicant was a citizen.
Corpus Christi City Councilman Rudy Garza Jr. said, “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.”
So who is to blame here, the city or Burkett? They didn’t ask so she didn’t tell. It seems like both are at fault.
Oh, and another thing we didn’t mention, all of her rulings will stand! There has to be something wrong with that.
Nathan Burkett [her husband], in the message to the Caller-Times, wrote that his wife’s application for citizenship is pending.
“South Korea (her country of birth) doesn’t allow dual nationals like many other countries, so that’s why we hadn’t applied before now,” he wrote.
A municipal court judge appointment carries a two-year term and an annual salary of $97,935, according to city records.
“The job posting specified only the ability to work in the U.S.,” Nathan Burkett wrote. “She has never made a representation that she is a citizen.”
Wow. This is unacceptable.
What do you think should be done about this situation?