NewsCovering Louisiana


Louisiana judge resigns after exposure of affair, racist texts

Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 14:36:08-05

23rd Judicial District Judge Jessie LeBlanc resigned following the exposure of racist text messages.

The Advocate reports that in signed letters to the State Supreme Court and Secretary of State's Office, LeBlanc tendered her resignation, admitted to her affair and wrote she would continue to apologize for "using a racially inappropriate word."

On Wednesday Governor Edwards called for her resignation. That call for resignation comes after LeBlanc admitted to using racial slurs in reference to an Ascension parish deputy and a court employee.

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 spanned Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parish.

Read more here