New Iberia, LA (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered a retired judge to hear about 300 requests to have an African American judge removed from her cases after she criticized prosecutors of mistreating Black defendants.
Judge Lori Landry says the Iberia Parish District Attorney’s Office unjustly incarcerates Black people.
D.A. Bo Duhé says Landry is the one who’s biased. His office has filed hundreds of recusal motions against Landry.
First Assistant DA Robert Vines, who is White, argued that Landry has “engaged in abusive, inappropriate and/or bullying behavior” toward prosecutors, victims and witnesses.
Landry has refused to recuse herself.
News outlets report retired Rapides Parish Judge Harry F. Randow will operate as a judge “ad hoc,” or for the sole purpose of handling the recusal motions. The next hearing will be Dec. 12.
In late October the Associated Press reported Landry said the recusal effort violates the constitutional rights of voters who elected her.
Landry was elected to her position in 2002.
Before taking office as a judge, she served for nine years as an assistant district attorney.
Community members have rallied around Landry, offering her support at earlier hearings and supporting her in social media posts.