EX-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. He was convicted in February on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns.
The judge sentenced him below the 15 year guidelines. The Times Picayune says here's why:
- Nagin didn't lead the conspiracy; he followed.
- He didn't pad his pockets as outrageously as some.
- Aaron Broussard and William Jefferson set favorable precedents.
- He is unlikely to run for office again.
- He helped his family more than he enriched himself.
That news articles refer to the sentence as "relatively short" is indicative of our out-of-whack sentencing policy. 10 years for a non-violent offense is overkill.
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