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Municipal court judge on unpaid leave

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CORPUS CHRISTI -

A municipal court judge has been placed on unpaid leave for not being a U.S. citizen. 

Judge Young Min Burkett will be on leave for 90 days as she works to obtain U.S. citizenship. 

According to mayor pro-tem Lucy Rubio, the city never asked Burkett if she was a citizen during the municipal judge qualification process. 

"She's a great lady. She's a hard worker. Very smart. Very, I mean just a great person, but because she doesn't have that qualification, you know, unfortunately, we had to tell her that she couldn't, be removed from the bench and she could not serve," said Rubio. 

Carolyn Vaughn of City Council District 1 says, "We're talking about a judge that's not a citizen of the United States and she's sitting up there ruling on our citizens. I mean, to me, that is a simple thing that should have been checked out."

City attorneys have determined that Burkett's rulings remain valid and lawful. 

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