NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and during his February trial.

Nagin was a political newcomer when he won election as New Orleans’ mayor, succeeding Marc Morial in 2002. He cast himself as a reformer and announced crackdowns on corruption in the city’s automobile-inspection and taxi-permit programs. But federal prosecutors say his own corrupt acts began during his first term, continued through the Katrina catastrophe and flourished in his second term.

Until his indictment in 2013, he was perhaps best known for a widely heard radio interview in which he angrily, and sometimes profanely, asked for stepped-up federal response in the days after levee breaches flooded most of the city during Katrina.

He also drew notoriety for impolitic remarks, such as the racially charged “New Orleans will be chocolate again” and his comment that a growing violent crime problem “keeps the New Orleans brand out there.”

Elected in 2002 with strong support from the business community and white voters, Nagin won re-election in 2006 with a campaign that sometimes played on fears among black voters that they were being left out of the city’s spotty recovery. He was limited by law to two consecutive terms but a third term would have been unlikely, giving plunging approval ratings and the stricken city’s continued recovery struggles. He was succeeded in 2010 by Mitch Landrieu.

Most government pre-sentence reports and recommendations were not made public but a filing by Jenkins ahead of the sentencing hearing indicated prosecutors were pushing for a sentence of 20 years or more under federal sentencing guidelines.

Defense attorney Robert Jenkins said that would amount to a virtual life sentence for the former mayor. Jenkins said Nagin’s family needs him, there is no danger of Nagin committing more crimes and that the crimes for which Nagin was convicted constituted an aberration from an otherwise model life.

Prosecutors said the schemes that led to Nagin’s conviction included two family members: His two grown sons were never charged with a crime but they were part of the family business that received free granite from a contractor. They also said that what Jenkins calls an “aberration” was behavior that spanned six years and involved multiple contractors.

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17 thoughts on “10-Year Sentence For Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

  1. Politicians of color must understand that Frank Beverly Issac have domestic programs that are used on politicians of color. They better wake up and stop talking business on these devices!

  2. Reblogged this on Love Letters to My Black Son's and commented:
    It is always so very sad to see a black man take the wrong path and later spend some of his life time in jail. Jail should not be a place where people want to take up residency.
    I feel extremely sorry for him and his family.
    Remember: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

  3. Dangerous BlkMan on said:

    Nagin is a hero in our community. He tried his best to improve conditions for us. Mr. Nagin underestimated the power that the white man had in LA.
    Lets not forget that whites are not even human. They are desendance of Neanderthals who stoled our genics through rape and torture. Then they stoled our land and our history through murder. Take a look at the world. YOu will notice how white people get darker as you get closer to Africa. This is because as they started to spread their deisiese and influence through the world they would rape the men and women of the lands they conquered.
    We need to stop letting the white man control us. Nagin was doing what was right for us and the white man wasn’t going to let that happen. The white man isn’t happy unless they can keep us under their boot. They send their white women into our community to seduce our men inorder to weaken our bloodline. our link to God.

  4. H Baker on said:

    We are, or should be, smart enough to put together the historical truth exemplified throughout our time in America: White men are free to do the hell ever they want to as politicians, but if one of us tries the same or similar thing we are promptly taken out to the whipping bar, sent to prison, or killed, period.

    How do YOU spell CONFLICT OF INTEREST for Politically “elected officials”? P..A..Cs

  5. Mary Burrell on said:

    Ain’t no fun when the rabbit got the gun. The people of New Orleans were victims and now it’s his turn(Nagin’s) to pay the piper.

  6. seriously on said:

    Well, Nagin finally got what he deserved too bad his deeds was at the expensive of the poor and ignorant folks of nawlins, who voted this jackass in twice…Black folks need to realize how much we exploit, used and degrade each other is the real problem.

  7. Whenever God raise a person up I think it’s to test them.. Can you handle success..fame & fortune? Will you turnout to be a tyrant..a thief or a good leader. Everybody can’t be Moses even he got in trouble..mmmmm

  8. americanize. on said:

    When will these black politicians learn u can,t do what white politicians,been doing for yrs,if ur black ass get caught, they will lock u up for a long time. Ray Nagin had no political experience,before he became mayor,he was president of a cable company.He was selected by the white community.

  9. leelee on said:

    It’s a dam shame that your own has flip the script to get money, and in the mean time they are ripping us off. That’s why I don’t vote!!!!! you wonder why some time. don’t trust any man or women!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! when it comes to “OUR” GOVERMENT!!!!!

  10. Mr. Nagin, is an arrogant son of a gun, and a big time hypocrite. I never did like to way he handled the Katrina disaster, he made himself look like a fool, by calling people names, and accusing folks of criminal acts, if that not the pot calling the kettle black. Mr. Nagin, for the most part never took in any responsibility for the Katrina mess, always pointing the finger at others. It’s so sad to see another politician go to prison for corruption, but, what goes around, comes around.

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