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Michelle Odinet Biography – Michelle Odinet Wiki
Michelle Odinet is a judge in the City Court of Lafayette. Prior to her role as a judge, she worked in the Lafayette Parish Indigent Defender’s Office. She previously worked as an assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish, worked for Breaud & Lemoine and Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Odinet, originally from New Orleans, has lived in Lafayette since 1995. Prior to 2020, she had never held public office and run for office. In the Nov. 3, 2020 election for the only open seat on Lafayette’s city court after Judge Francie Bouillion announced her retirement from the position, Odinet said the biggest strength she was bringing to Lafayette’s courts was “the unique knowledge and understanding of issues that impact the accessibility and efficiency of Lafayette City Court.”
“Currently, I am the only candidate working in Lafayette City Court, which has allowed me the unique knowledge and understanding of issues that impact the accessibility and efficiency of Lafayette City Court. The court room experience I gained through the Orleans and Lafayette District Attorney’s Offices and Indigent Defender’s Office alone is more than most lawyers experience in their entire career,” she told The Daily Advertiser in an October 2020 interview.
“Having the opportunity to practice law as prosecutor, public defender, and civil defense attorney has given me a unique perspective I intend to bring to the bench. My commitment to making informed, open minded, and level-headed decisions have not only been exemplified by my work in the court room, but also displayed in my decision to scale back my legal career to homeschool my children. I have been fortunate to practice before numerous judges in both Orleans and Lafayette Parishes, who have displayed judicial integrity and wisdom. I know the importance of equity, and I promise to apply the law fairly and equally to ALL individuals.”
According to her biography on the City Court of Lafayette website, Odinet previously worked as a prosecutor in the Orleans DA’s office. She graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1990 and received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law in 1993.
Michelle Odinet Political Party
In 2020, Attorney Michelle Odinet vied for one of two judge positions in the City Court of Lafayette as a Republican. In Lafayette, Republicans account for 36% of registered voters, Democrats are 37% and other party/independent voters account for 28%. The city had about 84,500 voters as of August 2020. Of those, 65% are white and 29% are black, The Daily Advertiser reported.
Michelle Odinet Age
She is 53 years old.
Michelle Odinet Husband
Michelle Odinet has been married to Dr. Kenneth Odinet for over 25 years. Dr. Kenneth Odinet is a Plastic surgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is the only plastic surgeon in Acadiana who is board certified in both Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck) surgery.
Michelle Odinet Children
Michelle Odinet has four children, two sets of twins; Caroline, Kenny, Libby and Eli.
Michelle Odinet Family
Michelle Odinet and her husband Kenneth Odinet Jr. have four children, two sets of twins; Caroline, Kenny, Libby and Eli.
Michelle Odinet Video
Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet confirmed to News 10 that over the weekend she and her family were victims of an armed burglary at their home in the upscale area of Bendel Gardens. According to Odinet, police were called and the suspect was arrested. 59-year old Ronald Handy has been arrested and charged with two counts of simple burglary, police said. He is currently in the Lafayette Parish Jail on a $10,000 bond.
“My children and I were the victim of an armed burglary at our home. The police were called and the assailant was arrested. The incident shook me to my core and my mental state was fragile,” Odinet said. “I was a wreck and am still unable to sleep.”
Lafayette Police Sgt. Paul Mouton confirmed to News 10 that no weapon was found on Ronald Handy’s person at the time of his arrest, despite Judge Michelle Odinet’s claims that her family was involved in an “armed burglary.”
Following the incident, a cellphone video of security footage from Odinet’s home was posted on several social media sites. Several people in the video are heard yelling racist slurs during playback of the incident.
In a response to those accusations, Odinet said: “I was given a sedative at the time of the video. I have zero recollection of the video and the disturbing language used during it. 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.”
The president of the Lafayette Chapter of the NAACP, Michael Toussaint, called for Odinet’s resignation. Toussaint said in a statement to Lafayette news outlets: “I have never met Judge Odinet, only heard her voice in campaign ads. But because she has confirmed that the video was in fact taken inside her home, one would think that as a sitting judge, a mother, a community leader, a person in position of authority, that she would have stepped up and taken a stand against that type of language in her own home.”
Judge Michelle Odinet Instagram
Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet does not seem to be on Instagram. Her husband’s Instagram handle is @drkenodinet.