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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty of Corruption

After nine days of tense testimony and argument in the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been found guitly.
After nine days of tense testimony and argument in the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been found guitly.
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Ray Nagin has been found guilty of 20 counts of federal corruption.

A federal jury has found Ray Nagin, the face of Hurricane Katrina, guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

Prosecutors also said Nagin accepted perks such as free travel and played a role in funneling money and granite to Stone Age, which is a company that happens to be owned by his two sons.

This conviction could mean a prison sentence of more than 20 years and fines of more than $1 million for Nagin.

The verdict comes days after Nagin sat for hours of questioning by federal prosecutor Matt Coman, who presented emails, credit card statements and other records in an attempt to prove Nagin as corrupt.

After leaving the courtroom this afternoon, Nagin's only response to the media circus outside was "I maintain my innocense". Nagin's Attorney, Jenkins, made also commented to reporters that after the sentencing hearing, they do plan to appeal the verdict.