It’s been nearly three months since U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi took medical leave and has been away from the bench and more recently a petition has been filed seeking to have someone else manage Minaldi’s affairs, suggesting “She can’t take care of herself”. Minaldi is fighting the attempt. It’s a situation legal experts call bizarre- A petition to have someone else put in charge of the affairs of a federal Judge, filed by the Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay, whom Minaldi appointed. It’s certainly unfortunate. Minaldi has served on the bench since 2003, but pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge in 2014. Even if the judge in the interdiction finds against Minaldi, the experts say would have no immediate effect on her position on the bench, since federal judges are appointed for life. Isn’t that something? We ALL know things would go another route if the situation was different. Shame shame.