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Ray Nagin Corruption Trial Starts Monday

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin goes on trial tomorrow on 21 charges of bribery, honest services wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and filing false tax returns. Essentially, he's charged with accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for granting lucrative city contracts,

As is typical in these cases, the Government's witnesses include plenty of wrongdoers singing for their supper.

NOLA.com's live trial coverage page is here.

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    Some places are a lot dirtier (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mikado Cat on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 01:03:34 PM EST
    than others, but doesn't seem like corrupt politicians are rare.

    Are more higher level cases being brought to trial, or am I just noticing it more?

    I'm skeptical ... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 01:53:55 PM EST
    $200K seems like a relatively small some of money to risk your career and freedom over.  

    One would think Nagin could have easily made that much in speaking fees over the same period.

    *sum (none / 0) (#3)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 01:55:13 PM EST
    First (none / 0) (#4)
    by Mikado Cat on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 03:14:20 PM EST
    Godfather movie, the local boss would say something like, not a lot, just enough to wet my beak, but wanted that cut on everything, so it adds up.

    Some places nothing happens without some kind of patronage deal.

    Used to be media kept an eye on pols, but not so much anymore.

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    Crazy (none / 0) (#5)
    by duaneram on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 11:23:17 AM EST
    that the mayor would be so deep in corruption. Then again it's probably not all that uncommon... Hopefully he gets what's coming to him and that New Orleans' current mayor follows a more respectable code of ethics.
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    N'awlins Spam (none / 0) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 09:52:26 PM EST