Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of bribery and fraud charges today. During Nagin’s tenure he was accused of taking bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.
Before the verdict, the 57-year-old Ray Nagin said outside the New Orleans courtroom: “I’ve been at peace with this for a long time. I’m good.”
Nagin testified that key witnesses lied and prosecutors misinterpreted evidence including emails, checks and pages from his appointment calendar linking him to businessmen who said they bribed him.
As Nagin and defense attorney Robert Jenkins left the courthouse, walking with a throng of media, photographers and video cameras, Nagin could be heard saying: “I maintain my innocence.”
Each charge carries a sentence from 3 to 20 years, but how long he would serve was unclear and will depend on a pre-sentence investigation and various sentencing guidelines. No sentencing date was set.