Louisiana judge ‘takes responsibility’ after racist slurs heard in video

She said she doesn’t remember the incident because she was sedated.

A Louisiana judge is facing calls to resign after she was heard in video footage uttering racial slurs.

Michelle Odinet, while watching security footage of a Black man being pinned down by police officers after he allegedly attempted to break into her home, is apparently heard saying, “We have a n—–. It’s a n—–, like a roach.”

“She is humiliated, embarrassed and sorry for what she’s done and for the trouble she’s caused to everyone in the community,” Odinet’s lawyer, Dane Ciolino, said in a phone interview with ABC News. “She is taking, effective immediately, an unpaid leave of absence from the bench. She hasn’t made any longer-term decisions than that, but will in the next several weeks.”

It’s unclear who recorded the video and shared it on social media. Odinet isn’t seen in the footage, but she has acknowledged that her voice can be heard.


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