Is former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin going to have another day in court after being convicted last week on 20 out of 21 counts in the federal court, in a case that was reported around the globe?
The Nagin Trial. The trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has ended with guilty verdicts in 20 of 21 counts. The trial brings to an end a sad chapter in New Orleans politics that began with such high hopes.
C. Ray Nagin, has taken to twitter in defending his innocence despite failing to take questions after his conviction on Wednesday.
The Ray Nagin trial and verdict have shaken not only New Orleans, but also the rest of the state and the country. When Stephen Sabludowsky met with former mayor Marc Morial in a Google Hangout on the very same day that Morial’s successor was convicted, the Nagin case inevitably became a topic of discussion.
Today is a sad day for New Orleans, a city, which over its histories of hurricanes and oil busts, has suffered many sad days.
For the first time in the city’s almost 300 years, its chief executive, its mayor has been convicted of major crimes. Today, a federal jury in the US District Court of New Orleans, the city over which he presided for eight years--found former Mayor C. Ray Nagin, guilty of 20 out of 21 counts of corruption-related crimes.
The former New Orleans Ray Nagin criminal trial has been a local reporters dream to broadcast the “live accounts”, analysis, opinions and quotes from federal court.
Can Mitch Landrieu, the present Mayor of New Orleans lose to an underfunded, relatively unknown former Civil Court Judge, who has just publically started his political campaign for the top job in the city?
The old debate is over and the new begins.
C. Ray Nagin, once the darling of the New Orleans business and the crime-fighting communities is now fighting charges of crimes he allegedly committed while acting as Mayor of New Orleans after the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
Ray Nagin, the worst Mayor in New Orleans history, will appear before a federal grand jury on Friday. According to WDSU-TV, Nagin has been issued a subpoena and ordered to testify.
We may soon know whether Nagin will join the ever growing list of Louisiana politicians who have been indicted or whether he will be able to weasel out of any charges. Indictments are no big deal in the Pelican State as former Congressman Billy Tauzin famously quipped that “One half of Louisiana was under water and the other half was under indictment.”