Just when you thought this trial would run smoothly, deliberations were canceled today (Feb. 11) as one member of the jury fails to show up according to news reports earlier this morning.
Deliberation was scheduled to continue today in the trial of former mayor, Ray Nagin, in federal court today. However, one juror failed to show up, causing the judge to cancel deliberations today.
Deliberation was supposed to continue at 9:00 a.m. this morning, but as 10:00 a.m. neared, the deliberations were cancelled for the day.
There are four alternates in place if needed, but rather than have to start deliberations over, the judge is hopeful that the late juror will show up on Wednesday morning when deliberations are scheduled to continue at 9:00 a.m. The jurors went into deliberations on Monday afternoon after hearing the closing arguments in the case Monday morning. Jurors deliberated for three hours Monday afternoon.
Former mayor, Ray Nagin, is on trial for 21 counts of corruption that includes accepting multiple bribes that amounted to more than $500,000. The misconduct started before Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and continued for several years after the major hurricane hit New Orleans.