White JUDGE called BLACK sheriff’s the N-WORD, has apologized but refused to RESIGN
A Louisiana judge who called a black sheriff’s deputy and a black law clerk the N-word has publicly apologized but refused to resign.
Jessie LeBlanc, a district court judge in Assumption Parish, La., admitted in aninterviewwith local CBS affiliate WAFB that she used the word in text messages with a different deputy, with whom she was having an affair.
LeBlanc was apparently upset after searching the phone of that deputy, Bruce Prejean, and discovering the phone number of another judge’s clerk.
LeBlanc followed up with more messages, in which she referenced the black sheriff’s deputy and encouraged Prejean to share all their text messages.
“If you feel the need to share my text messages — please share them all so they get the FULL story,” LeBlanc wrote. “I’m sure you are with thug [N-word] Erick. He is such a good friend. I can’t wait til the day he is called out for what he is. Dirty cop. Thug. [N-word].”
“I profusely apologize for that," she told WAFB. “I should have never said it. It was uncalled for. I was angry. I was upset. But, it’s no excuse.”
But LeBlanc told WAFB that she would not resign, and actually plans to run for reelection in December.
“I know in my heart that I have done my job to the very best of my ability,” she told WAFB. “I made a horrible decision in using those slurs toward those people. I ask for forgiveness from them. I’ve asked for forgiveness from my God. And, I know that I am not a person that bases you off the color of your skin.”
While LeBlanc has not faced any discipline, since no fellow judge has the power to deliver it, Prejean was demoted from Chief Deputy after the affair was revealed in 2017, according to WAFB. Baton Rouge NAACP President Eugene Collins called for LeBlanc to be removed from the bench.