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Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 12, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. Updated February 12, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted Wednesday on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office, including right after Hurricane Katrina.

The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him. He sat quietly at the defense table after the verdict was read and his wife, Seletha, was being consoled in the front row.

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."

The Democrat, who left office in 2010 after eight years, 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 local businessman Frank Fradella.

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

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AmericasDoomed says... February 12, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Well that's just racist.

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TigerInArk says... February 12, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

That's a surprise: a crooked Democrat from south Louisiana a la Edwin Edwards and William Jefferson. Nagin is the idiot who waited until the last minute to order a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina landed. So many people in N.O. depended on public transportation. Were they supposed to walk out of town?

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