Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas placed a municipal court judge on unpaid leave after discovering that she never received U.S. citizenship, which is a requirement for the position, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Judge Young Min Burkett was placed on a 90-day leave with the intention that she will be able to obtain citizenship during that time, according to Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio.
City Councilman Rudy Garza Jr. explained that despite municipal judges are required to be U.S. citizens, the South Korea native originally assumed the post because her application for appointment did not include a question about citizenship status.
Instead, the candidate was only asked whether he or she is eligible for legal employment in the state, according to Garza.
Rubio also said that attorneys for Corpus Christi City have reviewed the circumstances of Burkett’s case and declared that the rulings she made during her tenure as judge continues to be valid and lawful.
The city’s mayor-elect, Joe McComb, told reporters that the matter is simply a paperwork error.