Nagin was sentenced Wednesday in Federal court after having been convicted of political corruption in February.
Nagin was accused of accepting over $200,000 dollars in kickbacks, accepting free granite for his family-run business and funneling lucrative contracts to his funders. Nagin was also found guilty of accepting bribes from people looking to do business with the city. He was accused of taking advantage of the construction boom after Hurricane Katrina to line his own pockets.
The former mayor wasn’t arrested until three years after he’d been out of office and took the stand during the trial to proclaim his innocence. During the trial, Nagin once even refused to acknowledge his signature on a receipt.
Nagin probably didn’t help himself by taking the stand since prosecutors described his testimony as “a performance that can only be summed up by his astounding unwillingness to accept any responsibility,” according to the New York Times. They even accused him of lying on the witness stand 22 times.
“These repeated violations, at the expense of the citizens of New Orleans in a time when honest leadership was needed most, do not deserve leniency,” said Matthew M. Coman, an assistant United States attorney.
Ironically, Nagin ascended to become mayor of New Orleans after painting himself as a businessmen who was opposed to the type of corruption that had plagued the city.
Nagin’s attorney argued that the court should grant his client leniency given his “sterling” career and accused the United States attorney of “prosecutorial misconduct.”