Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who was the face of the city during Hurricane Hurricane GustavKatrina, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges.

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.”





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  1. This sounds like BS at it’s finest! I don’t believe it. Nope…this was a witch hunt! This man will be behind bars for ten yrs for absolutely nothing.

  2. Hes guilty. Blk politicians are stupid always getting with their hand in ths cookie jar.

  3. I don't know if he did what they are saying, but it don't merit that amount of time, while they are police beating old woman and shooting college student and the countless wrong and get away with it. For stuff that most of the people in office is doing this man going to be lock up for 10 years, because he is black

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  5. It's called JIm CROW LAWS re-establish in the south and in red tea party states as result of PPL not voting during mid terms elections(especially BLACK FOLK) is where these laws are often added to the voting ballot- regarding sentences and what have you..LIKE STAND YOUR GROUND castle law that allowed ZIMMERMAN to gun down and murder an unarmed teenager who was doing NOTHING but heading home..anyway I believe he did what he was accused up and couldn't prove he didn't in the court of law, anyway, he had three years to prepare for this day with half a million in the bank as result to taking bribes.

  6. aaah Butch, it’s your opinion: but aaah he’s had three years to prepare for this moment in his life and with a half million dollars in the bank not showing how he became about this amount as mayor of New Orleans? So he couldn’t prove he didn’t do it.. but his bribes people spoken against..saying it was him.. he couldn’t disprove the accusation nor the conviction so OFF to prison he goes.. anyway he has half million or less (from bribes received)waiting for him when he’s released from prison unless his wife and/or mistress spends most of it .. I don’t feel a bit sorry for him.. and sure a many politicians have gotten away with this type of thing in America.. mainly white males..

  7. These Black politicians need to finally recognize that once in office and well-loved by their people, the "others" will be out to get them simply for being in office alone. They need to understand that they must be above reproach in ALL areas and not be tempted by certain temptations. Black people cannot get away with the same things white people get away with.

  8. We go to the poles to elect Black politician because they are the most qualified person for the jobs they are running for. After getting in office they get corrupt like all the rest and it seem by now they should know that the temptation are their and should know that they don't want you in office any way.

  9. Another black thief on his way to jail. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Why do blacks steal?? Do they have a theft gene?? You all should look into that.

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  11. People, first let me commend everyone by not responding to that annoying, constant troll that is visiting our site. While it may be true that there are people out there that get a personal delight at bringing down Black politicians, there are scores of White politicians, that are being arrested for political corruption every year. The number and percentage of White politicians. being convicted and going to jail, far exceeds that of Black politicians. Which we should note, and be happy about. I don’t have any more knowledge about the guilt or innocence of Mr. Nagin. But how come he couldn’t explain, how he received the free stuff, that he allegedly obtained, nor show receipts for the goods that was found? We have to stop with this premise, that because someone is Black, that when they are accused of wrong doing, that they are being framed by the White man. And that we should be more careful not to get caught stealing, because that makes it seem that we condone stealing. The authorities, should go after anyone in public office, that does corruption. Whether they be Black, White, or Purple. It seemed that Mr. Nagin, wasn’t too upset about his conviction, and neither should we.

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