Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption charges
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of federal corruption charges Wednesday after a two-week trial.Hmm, it's not in the first five paragraphs. I wonder where they hid this valuable information? Nowhere! Don't believe me, check this screen capture of the whole article. Of course, anyone with half a brain would remember that Ray was the Democratic mayor who mismanaged the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, but then, CNN's target audience doesn't have half a brain.
Nagin, famous for his desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina, was found guilty of 20 of the 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The sole acquittal was on one of the bribery counts.
Prosecutors had accused Nagin of being at the center of a kickback scheme in which he allegedly received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services and free travel from businessmen seeking contracts and favorable treatment from the city.
Nagin left office in 2010, after two terms in office. There was no immediate reaction to the verdict from the former mayor, who had insisted on his innocence, or his lawyers.
The charges detailed more than $200,000 in bribes, his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service.