The Louisiana judge resigns after taping video shouting the N word at a black suspected robbery

A Louisiana judge has resigned after a video captured her repeated use of the N word when she and her family watched surveillance footage of a black robbery that attempted to break into her home.

Michelle Odinet, 52, resigned from her seat in Lafayette City Court on Friday just weeks after the racist language video surfaced.

“I take full responsibility for the hurtful words I used to describe the person who broke into the vehicles in my home,” wrote Odinet in her letter of resignation to the chairman of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

“I am sorry to have caused pain to my community and I beg your forgiveness as my words have not promoted the public’s trust and integrity of the judiciary,” she added.

Odinet, a mother of four, heard racist comments at her home in Bendel Gardens in Lafayette early December 11th.

The short clip showed one of Odinet’s children saying, “And mom screams n **** r, n **** r,” to which a female voice replies, “We have an **** r. It’s a **** r, like a cockroach. ‘

The Republican judge has since come under fire for the racist slurs and local officials and members of the community are calling on her to resign.

Video captured the moment when Louisiana Republican judge Michelle Odinet, 52, said the

Video captured the moment when Louisiana Republican judge Michelle Odinet, 52, said the “N word” twice

The mother of four watched security videos with her family of an attempted break-in that occurred at their home on the morning of December 11th

The mother of four watched security videos with her family of an attempted break-in that occurred at their home on the morning of December 11th

Suspect Ronald Handy, 59, was arrested and charged with simple break-in on two counts

Suspect Ronald Handy, 59, was arrested and charged with simple break-in on two counts

The full video had shown Odinet and her family laughing as they watched the footage with other members making similar racist comments and spreading profanity.

Ronald Handy, 59, who is black, has been arrested and charged with simple break-in on two counts.

Handy was knocked down in the front yard of their home by two members of the Odinet family during the attempted break-in.

At the time, Odinet claimed that she was taking a sedative when the video was recorded and that she does not remember the comments she made.

“My children and I were the victim of an armed burglary at our home,” she told The Current.

“The police were called and the attacker arrested. The incident shook me to the core and my state of mind was fragile. “

“Everyone who knows me and my husband knows that this contradicts our way of life.

“I am deeply sorry and ask for your forgiveness and understanding as my family and I are dealing with the emotional consequences of this armed burglary.”

However, Handy was not found with a weapon at the time of his arrest.

“When the suspect watched the arrival of the victim, the suspect tried to escape on foot, but was quickly caught by the victim. The victim held the suspect until the officers arrived, ”the Lafayette Police report said.

Lafayette City Marshall Reggie Thomas said Odinet's language

State Senator Gerald Boudreaux recommended that an investigation be opened against Odinet

State officials such as Lafayette City Marshall Reggie Thomas (left) and State Senator Gerald Boudreaux (right) have called for action against Odinet following their racist statements

Her excuses haven’t swayed critics who say she should be removed from the bank.

“As a proud black man and Marshal of Lafayette City, I firmly believe that Judge Odinet should be held accountable,” said Reggie Thomas, Marshall of Lafayette City, the Acadiana Advocate.

“I am sure that it will be impossible for people of color to trust that they will be treated fairly and equally when they have to stand before Judge Odinet for a decision.

“This type of language cannot be accepted or tolerated by anyone, especially those who serve as guides in our city.

“It is up to Judge Odinet to remember the oath she took and, should she stay in the bank, find a way to regain the trust of” all “Lafayette, especially African-Americans. A mere ineffective and weak apology will not be enough. ‘

State Senator Gerald Boudreaux was also disturbed by the comments and is working on an investigation.

“I respectfully request and will formally request that the Louisiana Justice Commission investigate ethical conduct and actions related to recent developments,” he said in a statement.

Alanah Odoms, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, also called for an investigation into Odinet’s behavior.

“This behavior calls into question Judge Odinet’s ability to judge black defendants who appear in her court. Equal justice means nothing under the law if judges do their duty and see some people as subhuman, ”Odoms told the Daily Advertiser.

“We condemn these statements and the acceptance they received in Judge Odinet’s house.”

The Louisiana Supreme Court is the only instance that can overturn Odinet for holding a position that cannot be recalled by the public.

In order to be removed, an investigation must be opened by the Judicial Commission, which may take months.

Odinet was elected to the Division A seat of Lafayette City Court in November 2020

Odinet was elected in November 2020 after winning 57 percent of the vote against candidate Jules Edwards III.

She took over the seat of Section A for Judge Francie Bouillion at Lafayette City Court.

She previously served as assistant district attorney in New Orleans and Lafayette and a law firm handling insurance defense cases.

Since her election, she has planned to begin veterans court programs, work on financial assistance methods, and create cell phone lockers to keep her out of the courtroom.

New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams has ordered a full review of all cases Odinet handled while serving as a prosecutor nearly 30 years ago.

Odinet, a member of a prominent New Orleans family of doctors, lawyers, and philanthropists, served as Orleans attorney and assistant district attorney under her maiden name, Michelle Miller.

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