The pressure is mounting against 23rd Judicial Judge Jessie LeBlanc.
LeBlanc has apologized for the use of racial slurs in a text message.
The Baton Rouge NAACP is calling for Judge LeBlanc to resign and now Gov. Edwards is commenting on this situation too.
Gov. Edwards made this statement about the need for Judge LeBlanc to resign:
“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.”
This statement was made on behalf of Judge LeBlanc:
Judge LeBlanc has made her position and contrition clear. Her statements were made in a private conversation and in response to a clearly threatening situation. If that is now the litmus test for any public official, then every one of our public officials should be immediately held to the same standard, including private statements about race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, sex, religion. This means all public officials should be immediately required to disclose all of their private communications, including by text, email, or otherwise. Judge LeBlanc is a well-respected Judge and the public is urged to look at every case she has ever handled, how she runs her Court, and how she does her job. There has never been a hint of bias. Judge LeBlanc is a member of the judicial branch. With all due respect, the Governor is part of the executive branch and his attention should be directed there.
The 23rd Judicial District Court has this description of Judge LeBlanc:
“Judge Jessie LeBlanc is a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish. She is the daughter of Gerald and Mary McCrory. She is married to David LeBlanc, and they have three children.”