NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has put a hold on a hearing about New Orleans’ mayor-elect while considing whether the judge should step aside.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry has subpoenaed Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s personal bank records.
She won 60 percent of the vote to succeed term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Her runoff opponent accused her of misusing a city credit card, an allegation Cantrell denies.
Cantrell asked the Criminal District Court to throw out the subpoena. Judge Laurie White scheduled a hearing next week.
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The New Orleans Advocate and Nola.com | The Times-Picayune report that the Supreme Court issued a stay Thursday.
Landry says every Orleans Parish judge should step aside from the question, because the mayor has a hand in the court’s budget and because Cantrell’s father-in-law is a magistrate judge.