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Gov. Edwards calls on 23rd Judicial District Judge to resign

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 11:45:22-05

ASSUMPTION PARISH — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday called on 23rd Judicial Judge Jessie LeBlanc to resign after she admitted to using racial slurs in reference to an Ascension parish deputy and a court employee.

Gov. Edwards released the following statement:

"The admitted and repeated use of racial slurs by a judge who has taken an oath to administer justice fairly and impartially is wrong, period. There is never any circumstance or context in which such derogatory and degrading language is okay.

Sadly, inequities still exist in society and in our judicial system. Judge LeBlanc has compromised her ability to preside as a judge, and she has damaged the judiciary. She should resign. The people of the 23rd Judicial District and our state deserve better."

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On Sunday,LeBlanc told WAFB that she used the "n" word while referring to the deputy and court employee.

The Louisiana and Baton Rouge chapters of the NAACP filed a complaint with the state Supreme Court earlier this week seeking her ouster.

Leblanc's district spans Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parish.