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Louisiana Judge resigns amid use of racial slur in text messages

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge, who represented Assumption Parish, resigned Thursday after several people, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, called for her to step down for using racial slurs in angry text messages. News outlets report state District Judge Jessie LeBlanc tendered her resignation effectively immediately in signed letters to the Secretary of State’s Office and the Louisiana Supreme Court. LeBlanc, who is white, admits to sending the text messages after previously denying she sent them. She acknowledged in an interview Sunday on WAFB-TV that she used the slur to describe a black sheriff’s deputy and a black law clerk in text messages she sent to former Assumption Parish Chief Deputy Bruce Prejean as their extramarital affair ended.

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