La. Supreme Court: Judge Trudy White on leave

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Judicial District Court Judge Trudy White will not serve on the bench through at least February 12, 2017, according to an order from the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The court order says retired judge Bruce C. Bennett has been assigned to take over Judge White's docket in her absence. The order says Bennet "is hereby assigned as judge pro tempore of Division 'J.'"

A law clerk who answered the phone at White's office Wednesday afternoon declined to comment on the matter. Judicial Administrator Ann McCrory said she could not provide a reason because she simply does not know.

"I can't shed any light on this other than what the court order says," McCrory said.

A spokeswoman for the state's Supreme Court said she had no other information other than the court order signed by Justice Jeff Hughes.

"This is all I know and all that is public," the spokeswoman said.

In 1999, Judge White became the first African-American female elected to Baton Rouge City Court. She was elected to district court in 2009 where she handles criminal and civil matters, according to her online biography.

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