Louisiana judge leaves job without pay amid backlash over home video featuring racist language


CNN reported that Judge Louisiana Michelle Odinet Yes already was placed on unpaid leave amid backlash over a home video that allegedly showed her family using racial slurs.

Odinet faced calls to resign because of offensive video released on Monday showing a robbery on security footage. The footage shows an outside conflict where people, who can’t see, can hear in racist language about the man in the video.

A lawyer for the Municipal Court Judge said Odinet feels “humiliated, ashamed and sorry for what she has done and the harm she has caused to the community”.

Lawyer Dane Ciolino said: “What happens in the long term is what she will think about in the next few weeks.

On Thursday, the court signed a formal order placing Odinet on suspension for payment, pending the outcome of the investigation, KLFY report. Odinet asked for unpaid leave, while the court order said she was “ineligible to perform judicial functions, without pay, pending further proceedings…”.

The Lafayette Police Department confirmed that two cars were stolen at 2 a.m. Saturday in the driveway of a home that records show were owned by Odinet and her husband. The suspect tried to run away on foot but was caught by the victim and held until police arrived.

In the security video that is circulating online, a male voice believed to be from Odinet’s family can be heard saying: “And mom is screaming n *** er, n *** er.” Then a cheerful female voice said, “We have a dead dog, It’s a dead dog, like a cockroach,” while laughing.

Then a male voice said, “That’s where my phone fell out.” A female voice said, “The guy has a phone on him.” Then the male voice said, “You should have taken his phone and stole from him, that fucking king hole.”

“Go and get the gun,” said another voice. “It’s important, very important,” the male voice added.

The disturbing video has sparked much debate about how Odinet can be an impartial judge when it comes to cases involving people of color. While she released an initial statement blaming her son, the damage was too deep to be swept into the rug.

Odinet claims she was “sedated” and had no “recollection of the video nor the offensive language used in it”.

“Anyone who knows me and my husband, knows this is the opposite of how we live our lives,” Odinet said. “I deeply apologize and ask for your forgiveness and understanding as my family and I deal with the emotional consequences of this armed robbery.”

An investigation will determine if Odinet can keep her role as judge will either be replaced one year after being voted on. Louisiana judge leaves job without pay amid backlash over home video featuring racist language


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