Kenneth Odinet Jr, the coroner of Lafayette Parish and an Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Lafayette, LA is also best known for being the husband of Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet. The judge is facing massive pressure to step down after a viral video of her emerged in mid-December 2021.
In the video which was apparently posted by her son to a group of friends, the judge can be heard using racial slurs, including the n-word. As of December 17, she’s on unpaid leave and facing an investigation from the Louisiana Supreme Court, but there’s also a massive pressure campaign for her to resign ongoing.
Judge Michelle Odinet Children
On Thursday, December 16, ABC 2 Baton Rouge reported that Elijah Odinet had been removed from Louisiana State University’s track team after encouraging his mom’s behavior.
The LSU Track & Field posted on their Instagram page Thursday that it does not tolerate racism and supports the team’s diversity. Odinet has two other children who are still listed on LSU’s track and field roster.
“We respect these differences because they make us stronger,” the post read. “We will continue to do our part in the ongoing work toward [the eradication of racism]—through educating ourselves, engaging with our community, and honoring the distinctions that empower us.”
The Judge’s other two children, Kenny and Caroline Odinet remain on the LSU track team roster. The judge actually excused his son’s, Eli, behavior sting the situation highlighted and confirmed a suspected substance abuse issue our son is having.
On Friday, December 17, Odinet was barred from the state Supreme Court, meaning that she cannot practice any judiciary duties. According to The Advocate, the judge requested the disqualification and will not be paid during the suspension.
Judge Michelle Odinet Video
While seemingly enjoying watching the surveillance footage, a male voice can be heard laughing and saying, “And mom’s yelling n—–, n—–.” A female voice responds: “We have a n —–; it’s a n—–, like a roach.” Odinet admitted that it was her voice that was heard in the video. It’s unclear who the male voice belonged to, though the judge did mention her son “Eli” during the video.
Judge Michelle Odinet is heard using the N-word in her home reviewing footage of a home invasion. This judge oversees cases in Lafayette Louisiana & regardless of the circumstances of her using the word, she needs to resign. Simply put, she needs to lose her job. pic.twitter.com/NKAn40Lfxi
— Gary Chambers (@GaryChambersJr) December 15, 2021
After the video went viral, Odinet said that she and her four children were victims of an attempted burglary. The Lafayette Police Department confirmed it had charged Robert Handy, a 59-year-old Black man, in the burglary. The police investigation found that two vehicles had been broken into during the early hours of the Saturday, December 11 incident.
In a statement to The Current on Monday, Odinet said “the incident shook [her] to [her] core and [her] mental state was fragile.” She attributed her behavior in the video to the result of her being on a sedative and that she had no recollection of what happened because of it.
“I have zero recollection of the video and the disturbing language used during it,” she said. “Anyone who knows me and my husband knows this is contrary to the way we live our lives. I am deeply sorry and ask for your forgiveness and understanding as my family and I deal with the emotional aftermath of this armed burglary.”