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New Orleans Mayor Leaves Courts With 20 Accounts Of Bribery

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Updated 02/12/2014 6:35pm
New Orleans Mayor Leaves Courts With 20 Accounts Of Bribery
Media Courtesy of CNN

Chessie Reiss

Staff Writer

Ray Nagin, the once proud Mayor of New Orleans, left court today being convicted of 20 counts of bribery. Three years into Nagin’s first term as Mayor, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.  During the clean up effort Nagin demanded more money federal aid, which embarrassed the Bush administration, and led to billions of dollars poured into the reconstruction efforts.  In 2006, despite dwindling numbers, Nagin was re-elected as Mayor.  Nagin left office in 2010 saying that his career in public office was over, “I have given my pound of flesh,” he said. Prosecutors eventually brought charges against Nagin for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and favors.  The earliest charge was in 2005, years before Katrina.  Prosecutors argued Nagin was in the middle of a kickback scheme where he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services, and free travel from those looking for favorable treatment from the city. In January 2013 an indictment shows more than $200,000 worth of bribes to Nagin, which included vacations to Hawaii, Jamaica, New York City, and cell phone service.  In exchange, businesses that contributed to the bribes received $5 million in city contracts. On Wednesday, a jury found Nagin guilty on 20 of 21 counts.   As he left the courthouse, Nagin said, “I maintain my innocence.” Nagin’s attorney told the press they would appeal the verdict, and, “we did the best we could do.”

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