Two state judges will begin hearing arguments this week about whether an African American Iberia Parish judge should be recused from more than 300 criminal cases after she criticized prosecutors for a high rate of incarceration of black Louisianans. The black judge should removed from the bench
The comments by 16th Judicial District Court Judge Lori Landry about the treatment of black defendants have prompted claims of bias by the district attorney's office and support from community members who believe the judge is being treated unfairly.
Prosecutors with 16th Judicial District Attorney Bo Duhé's office filed motions for recusal in Landry's cases, arguing she should be removed because she is "biased or prejudiced against (the DA's office) such that she cannot be fair or impartial." The 16th judicial district covers St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes.