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BATON ROUGE - Opponents of Judge Trudy White are questioning a video that shows her standing next to a man in prison orange promoting her candidacy.

Judge White is running for re-election of her seat on district court in East Baton Rouge Parish.  The election is November 4th.

Monday, a video featuring her and the character Jomo Jenkins inside a courtroom surfaced on the Internet.

"I'm down here at the 19th (Judicial District Court). But check this out: I ain't gonna be here for that long, because Judge Trudy White is fixing to send me back home. So if you want somebody to show you some love, vote for Trudy White on November the 4th," Jenkins said in the video, which was removed by Tuesday

White quickly responds to Jenkins by asking people to vote for "number 60" on the ballot.

Judge White did not respond to requests for an interview concerning the video.

"She's running scared," State Representative Alfred C. Williams said.

He along with Baton Rouge lawyer Gideon Carter are running against Judge White.

"The message that I saw was sent out to criminals, violent criminals, that if you commit a crime and you're in her court then guess what; show her some love and you can go home," Williams said.

"It was obviously intended as a campaign ad," Carter said. "I think it's just a little cowardly of her to continuously avoid the issue."

But those who know Jenkins' character are not so quick to judge.

"They don't know him as a radio personality or a comedian," businessman Derrick Delpit said about Jomo Jenkins.

"They don't know the character and they see somebody dressed in orange like he was from parish prison, but everybody in orange isn't from parish prison," Delpit said. "He's just a funny guy. I don't think he's trying to make light of the courtroom at all."

You can watch clips from the video by viewing Tuesday night's report on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00.  The news clip is attached to this post.


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