Local judges' recusal not needed in N.O. Mayor-elect's credit card use case

Local judges' recusal not needed in N.O. Mayor-elect's credit card use case
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A court ruling allows local judges to take on the investigation of Mayor-elect Latoya Cantrell's city credit card use.

According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, Cantrell's attorney says an ad hoc judge ruled February 23 local judges don't need to recuse themselves. He expects Judge Freddie Pitcher, Junior will issue a written ruling next week.

Attorney General Jeff Landry wants local judges to recuse themselves. He's investigating a complaint that Cantrell misused her city credit card during the time she worked as a city councilmember.

Public records obtained by FOX 8 show questionable purchases on the credit card include drinks, turkeys, meals and feminine products.

Cantrell paid back more than $4,000 to the city just days before she qualified to run for mayor.

Attorney General Jeff Landry will not appeal the February 23 ruling.

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