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Thu February 13, 2014
Nagin Sentencing Set For June
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be on home detention for several weeks. The federal court set June 11 for his sentencing for public corruption.
Legal analysts are saying Ray Nagin is facing as much as 20 years for his 20 convictions of public corruption. Several witnesses who testified against him are facing much less. They agreed to plead guilty in exchange for their testimony.
One who didn’t take a plea bargain — businessman Mark St. Pierre — is serving more than 17 years for paying Nagin’s travel and personal expenses.
University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says the end of the Nagin trial means the public will now concentrate on the future of New Orleans.
“I really do think that people have kind of put it in their rear-view mirror," Chervenak said. "People are just going to put that behind them and they’re going to move forward.”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who was elected after Nagin served his two terms, says he’s concentrating on “restoring the public’s trust in government.”