Lafayette City Judge Under Fire For Racist Slurs Using The N Word

Lafayette judge caught using racial slurs inside of her home

A viral video of a judge in Lafayette, Louisiana has been leaked. In particular, the footage shows the judge using the N word and calling the Black guys roaches. Despite the people she was referring to were on a surveillance cam that she was looking at as they attempted to break in her vehicles while she was not home.

Furthermore, the Lafayette PD said that at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, two vehicles were burglarized in the driveway of a home, which records show is owned by Odinet and her husband.


Nonetheless, as a judge she should most certainly know better. But she showed her true colors on the leaked viral video. Subsequently, she obviously didn’t think the video would leak. Above all, the Lafayette judge, born Michelle Odinet is taking a leave of absence. The silent resignation results from peer pressure from colleagues, pressuring her to resign.

The Lafayette Judge Says She Feels Sorry

A lawyer for City Court Judge Michelle M. Odinet told the Acadiana Advocate she feels “humiliated, embarrassed, and sorry for what she has done; and the harm she has caused to the community.” Thus, she is taking unpaid leave.

“What happens in the long term is something she is going to think about in the weeks to come,” said the statement by Dane Ciolino, who confirmed the details to CNN.


What Happened

Importantly, the surveillance video appears to show footage of an outdoor altercation with a burglary suspect being played on a television. During this time, the family was seemingly watching the surveillance and commenting using the racial slurs.

It should be noted that in the video, a male voice can be heard saying, “And Mom’s yelling n***er, n***er.” Then after what appears to be some jovial banter, a female voice is heard saying, “We have a n ***er, It’s a n***er, like a roach,” while laughing.

Apart from this, the suspect attempted to flee on foot. But he was caught by the victim, who police said was returning home when they saw the suspect getting out of one of the vehicles at the home. Even so, the victim held the suspect down until officers arrived, per the statement from police.

“I take full responsibility for the hurtful words I used to describe the individual who burglarized the vehicles at my home,” Odinet wrote in her resignation letter to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John Weimer.

“After much reflection and prayer, and in order to facilitate healing within the community, I hereby resign as judge of the Lafayette City Court effective immediately,” she wrote.


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