Janet Ashe is a main character in the American crime drama, Law & Order: New Orleans.
Biography & Personality
Born in San Francisco, California in June 1976, Janet Ashe grew up with a widowed mother and her younger sister, after her father was killed in a car accident. She grew up in a relatively okay neighborhood, but became disgusted at the treatment of gays during and after the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. She attended UCLA Law School in adulthood and later became a crusader for gay rights in San Francisco. In 2008, she moved to New Orleans, and joined the D.A.'s office.
She is revealed to be bisexual ("The Watch"), and is currently in a relationship with a woman. Ashe is a liberal, and is an avid supported of gay rights. She has no tolerence for hate crimes of any kind and will always push her hardest to convict those responsible for them. She is also a supporter of women's right to choose, and dislikes social media, as displayed during the Derrick Warran arc
In the fifth season, she is brutally attacked and beaten in her own apartment by a rape victim's brother for convincing her to testify. Her partner Cole McCorrea confronts the brother, compares him to his sister's rapist, and when the brother lashes out, McCorrea brutally beats him in the same manner as Janet had been, and almost kills him, very nearly losing his job and career and going to jail in the process. Thanks to D.A. Washington's efforts, however, McCorrea manages to get let off with a warning and proabation and Ashe thanks and celebrates with him by treating him to dinner.
In the premiere of the eleventh season, Ashe starts acting very secretive and withdrawn from McCorrea and her other colleagues. She later reveals the reason why at Investigator Carcaterra's wife's funeral: she has Stage Two breast cancer.
Shortly afterward, Zoe Shields, an aspiring new lawyer fresh off the bar exam joins the D.A.'s office and Ashe agrees to take her under her wing and show her the ropes. The two form a good mentor/apprentice dynamic, with Shields even taking over for Ashe on multiple occasions, while the latter does treatment for her cancer.
By the end of the season, Ashe decides to take an indefinite leave of absence from the D.A.'s Office to focus on her health, appointing Shields to take her place.