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As Ray Nagin trial nears,
judge finalizes jury questions

Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Juliet Linderman

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/24/2014 7:38:47 AM

Potential jurors screened for the scheduled Jan. 27 corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be asked about their understanding of the indictment, and their ability to presume Nagin innocent until proven guilty. They will not, however, be asked a series of questions proposed by Nagin´s defense attorney, Robert Jenkins, that inspired opposition among prosecutors, a federal judge has ruled. Nagin is accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks during his tenure as mayor. Jenkins made his case last week for keeping a handful of questions about potential jurors´ understanding of the difference between a charge and a conviction. One

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Nagin lives in Frisco, just down the road. Kwame Kilpatrick was in Dallas before he became the guest of the warden. Why do these crooks migrate to this area?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/24/2014 8:01:48 AM     (No. 9703782)

I don´t know, OP, but didn´t Mr. Crockett decamp for Texas hen he got into a bit of trouble back east?

Seems to be a pattern.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/24/2014 8:51:26 AM     (No. 9703857)

Oh, wonder how much coverage the Chocolate Mayor will receive after the McDonnell story?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rochow, 1/24/2014 9:15:26 AM     (No. 9703897)

Nagin is not the only corrupt guy in that town. Police is known to take bribes on a regular basis. Why not the mayor. The entire town needs to be cleaned of corruption and drugs.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/24/2014 9:23:27 AM     (No. 9703909)

Has Ray Nagin finalized his office´s plan for the evacuation of New Orleans yet?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/24/2014 9:27:42 AM     (No. 9703918)

The New Orleans political machine was developed and perfected by Moon Landrieu. It´s not completely dead, although badly scattered by Katrina. Mitch Landrieu, Moon´s son and Mary´s brother, vows to clean it all up. We´ll see.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/24/2014 9:36:22 AM     (No. 9703940)

One of funniest comedy bits ever, perhaps matching Abbot and Costello´s ´who´s on first´ took place on the Imus show, right after Katrina hit New Orleans.
McGurk, the white producer on Imus, would answer questions about the levees in a voice absolutely perfect in Nagin´s dialect.In short, they kept asking ´nagin´ if he had inspected the levees. And he never did -he was too busy.
Not long after this bit, MSNBC knocked Imus off their lineup.
But at least the major networks are covering the trial.
Oops. Never mind.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/24/2014 9:50:12 AM     (No. 9703971)

Just feed him chocolate until he succumbs to the joy!

What a waste of air!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Peaches, 1/24/2014 10:46:07 AM     (No. 9704050)

Nagin´s singing the "Chocolate City Blues."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: joew9, 1/24/2014 10:58:16 AM     (No. 9704069)

Criminal justice takes so long to come to trial that the old concern that the jury may have been prejudiced by news coverage is no longer warranted. No jury member can remember news coverage from their early childhood.

I had to do internet research to remind myself about this 5 year old indictment and who this guy even was.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/24/2014 12:41:42 PM     (No. 9704214)

I remember well .... ´This is a choc-lit city!´

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lagniappe, 1/24/2014 4:47:28 PM     (No. 9704530)

Pre-Katrina Nagin was not all that bad of a Mayor compared to the other black politicians running for office. (Pre Katrina, the surrounding areas are majority white, while Orleans Parish became majority black).
I think he had a mental breakdown right after Katrina and never recovered. The assumption locally is that he is jockeying for an attractive plea bargain.


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