There seems to be something about many Democrat politicians in the state of Louisiana, and getting convicted or maybe it’s just in the water because they, much like now convicted Ex New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin cannot keep their greed in check. Nagin, who was convicted on Wednesday by a jury on 21 of 22 federal charges for "accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office,” according to Fox News.
Nagin is of course remembered worldwide for his desperate plea to wring federal aid out of Washington D.C. from President George W. Bush after his city had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now the ex mayor will be involuntarily receiving a different kind of federal aid, called “three hots and a cot” to go along with his new unfashionable prison wardrobe.
It is not unusual to expect this type of illegal behavior out of local and state public officials in the state. After all according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) stats the state is the most corrupt state in the nation. The facts are quite clear. Between the years of 2002 and 2011, the state of Louisiana convicted 403 government officials of a variety of crimes.
All of these crimes had one major point in common in that they, involved, “abuses of the public trust,” according to DOJ data. According to the Times Picayune this “amounts to 8.76 convictions per 100,000 people, which is the highest rate in the country.”
The bottom line is pretty darned clear, if you are a politician in that state, you better be prepared to have your wrists out-fitted for some silver bracelets, because sooner or later your wandering eye will be heading in the same direction that Ray Nagin and many, many others before him have traveled.
Of course during the trial Nagin denied any knowledge of the charges that were laid at his convicted feet by the federal prosecutor. He claimed ignorance on any and all counts, including the free lavish trips and the wire fraud, money laundering and bribery. The jury was not buying his denials, or perhaps they are used to the way wayward public officials all begin to sound just about the same.
Now, Nagin has to play a waiting game until his sentencing date to see just how long he will be wearing those specially designed but not custom fitted prison garb. He is now going to be joining that special class of convicted felons who once were public servants. That seems to be the way business is done by Louisiana where the theme for public officials seems to be, “Steal as much as you can and as fast as you can… but just don’t get caught.”
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