Louisiana judge resigns and apologizes following video with racial slurs


Michelle Odinet took a leave of absence after a video surfaced showing surveillance footage of an outdoor altercation with a burglary suspect being played on a television at her house.

As the unseen spectators watched the video, they commented on the footage while repeatedly using a racial slur for African Americans, CNN has reported.

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“Ms. Odinet understands that this is the end of her public service, but only the beginning of what she must to do to earn the forgiveness of the community,” attorney Dane Ciolino said.

In her resignation letter addressed to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John Weimer, Odinet wrote she takes “full responsibility for the hurtful words” used in the video.

“I am sorry for the pain that I have caused my community and ask for your forgiveness, as my words did not foster the public’s confidence and integrity for the judiciary,” Odinet wrote.

Odinet’s resignation is effective immediately, the letter said.

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