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7:40 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Key Witness Against Nagin Sentenced To A Year In Prison

A businessman who provided key testimony against former Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Rodney Williams had admitted his role in a conspiracy to bribe Nagin.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan imposed the sentence yesterday.

Williams pleaded guilty in 2012. In February, he was among several witnesses who testified against Nagin.

Williams said he handed over $60,000 in payoffs to secure city contracts.

Before he was sentenced, Williams tearfully apologized to his family.

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7:59 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin To Report To Prison Today

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is starting to serve his 10-year sentence for corruption. Two major players in the scheme that landed him behind bars are now through the court process.

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5:12 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Defender Appointed For Ex-New Orleans Mayor

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.

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7:31 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Meffert Sentenced For City Hall Corruption Scheme

A federal judge has given a 2½-year prison sentence to a former deputy mayor whose testimony helped convict former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin of corruption.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced Greg Meffert yesterday.

Meffert apologized for the bribery scheme. His testimony helped convict Nagin and city contractor Mark St. Pierre.

Meffert was indicted in 2009 on charges of conspiracy, bribery and public corruption.

He pleaded guilty in November 2010 to accepting about $860,000 in bribes from St. Pierre, whose firms collected millions from the city.

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8:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former City Tech Chief Fined For Ethics Violations Ahead Of Sentencing

Former New Orleans technology chief Greg Meffert has paid a $2,000 fine for violating state ethics law.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the fine settled state ethics charges related to Meffert's use of credit cards and gifts from a man whose companies were doing business with the city.

Meffert was technology chief under former Mayor Ray Nagin, and he testified for prosecutors during Nagin's recent trial.

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7:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Former City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt Loses Appeal

Renee Gill Pratt.
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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.

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7:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin entering federal court before his sentencing.
Credit Clint Durrett / WDSU.com

New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.

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5:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption

Former mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

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10:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court after his conviction in New Orleans on Feb. 12. He was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:29 pm

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

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7:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today

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.

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