LaToya Cantrell, the first woman elected mayor of New Orleans, gives her acceptance speech to supporters at the Jazz Market in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Etta Wilder, her mother, left, weeps, as her husband Jason Cantrell and daughter RayAnn Cantrell stand next to her.

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.