UPDATE, 9:43 a.m.
Judge Laurie White has denied Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's motion to recuse the Orleans criminal court from the probe into New Orleans mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell's credit card usage.
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Louisiana state prosecutors claim none of the dozen judges at Criminal District Court can fairly oversee the investigation into -- or any criminal case that might stem from -- New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell's credit-card spending as a councilwoman.
They are expected to spell out their arguments Friday at 9 a.m. at a hearing before Judge Laurie White, the court's chief judge.
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The court's magistrate judge, Harry Cantrell, is LaToya Cantrell's father-in-law.
No criminal charges have been filed against Cantrell, who was dogged in her successful mayoral bid by allegations from her runoff opponent, Desiree Charbonnet, that Cantrell misused her city-issued credit cards and then reimbursed the city over questionable charges days after qualifying to run.
All told, Cantrell repaid about $9,000 to the city.
Cantrell and her campaign have argued that the reimbursements proved she was diligent in protecting taxpayers' money. Charbonnet's campaign said they proved she misspent city funds.