A public defender has been appointed for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is appealing his February conviction on corruption charges.
Federal court papers filed Friday say Assistant Federal Public Defender Jordan Mark Siverd will handle the appeal. Last week, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan approved the appointment of a public defender. According to a questionnaire filed with the court, Nagin had just $23.65 in the bank and numerous debts.
Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has lost a bid for a new trial.
The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that federal judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Wednesday that jurors were not "tainted in any way" by a former federal prosecutor who posted online inflammatory comments about the proceedings.
She was convicted in 2011 of racketeering.
Gill Pratt's attorney says he will appeal the decision.
The ruling paves the way for Gill Pratt to begin serving a federal prison sentence she has managed to put off for several years.
Former Mayor Ray Nagin is set for sentencing today for corruption conviction.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.