Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin convicted

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin (D) has been convicted on 20 of 21 counts against him.

From AP:

Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman.

He also was charged with accepting thousands of dollars in payoffs from another businessman for his help in securing city contracts.

Before the verdict was read, Nagin said outside the courtroom that he’s “been at peace with this for a long time. I’m good.”

Nagin served as mayor from 2002 to 2010 and is perhaps best known for leading the city during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The charges he faced stemmed from his dealings with vendors involved in the Katrina recovery effort. Businessman Frank Fradella pleaded guilty in 2012 to bribing an unnamed public official with, among other things, a truckload of granite. Nagin's family owns a granite countertop business.

Another businessman who worked with Fradella and is currently serving a 14-year sentence recently confirmed Fradella's story and said he helped arrange the bribe.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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