Matt Smith and Deanna Hackney
February 12, 2014
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina drew national attention, walked silently out of a courthouse Wednesday after a jury convicted him of federal corruption charges.
Nagin was elected as a reformer in 2002. But after a two-week trial that began in late January, he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The sole acquittal was on one of the bribery counts.
Nagin left the courthouse without commenting Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by his wife and his lawyers. His lead attorney, Robert Jenkins, told reporters his client would appeal the convictions.