Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Guilty of Corruption
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been found guilty of corruption.
Nagin is the first mayor in New Orleans’ nearly 300-year history to be found guilty of corruption. He was found guilty of bribery, money laundering and wire fraud. Nagin raked in cash, luxury vacations, free cell phone service and high-priced granite slabs for a company he owned. In exchange, he handed out millions in city contracts.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said that Nagin was found guilty of 20 of the 21 charges after spending two days denying the allegations against him. “Nothing will set off a judge and a jury more than the conviction that the witness is lying to their faces,” he said.
“The quantum of damages will be interesting here,” he said. “How much suffering there was, how much illicit wealth he accumulated, that’s what the judge will look at when deciding how to sentence.”
He’s facing 120 years, but will probably get around 20, Napolitano said.
When he left court, Nagin told reporters that it was not a fair verdict and that he maintains his innocence. His lawyer said they would appeal the decision.
Nagin is on house arrest until he is sentenced sometime this spring.