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7:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

BP Loses Appeal Of Payment Process

A Grand Isle beach soiled with oil after the BP spill.
Jason Saul WWNO

BP has lost an appeal of how much it has to pay in damages caused by its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A split decision by a three-judge panel could restart a payment process that has been on hold while the appeal was pending.

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1:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cooling Plan In Store For Louisiana Death Row

The entrance to Angola Prison, where death row inmates are housed.
msppmoore Flickr

The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. He demanded a plan to cool the cells so the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.

Windows and fans are currently the primary sources of ventilation on death row.

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10:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Nagin Sentencing Set For June

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

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.

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6:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former Mayor Ray Nagin Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin leaving the federal courthouse today after a jury found him guilty of 20 counts of corruption.
Credit Clint Durrett / WDSU.com

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has become the first mayor in the city’s history to be convicted of corruption. A jury of six men and six women found him guilty of 20 of 21 charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.

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4:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty On 20 Counts

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 12:43 pm

A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges that he accepted 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.

The jury today convicted Nagin of 20 of 21 counts against him.

Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman.

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1:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin enters court for his corruption trial in New Orleans last month. He was charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:35 am

A federal jury has found Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor, 57, was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

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7:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Jury Deliberations To Resume In Nagin Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

The corruption trial of former Mayor Ray Nagin is set to resume today in federal court. A one-day break was called when one juror had a medical issue.

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7:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Jury Deliberating Ray Nagin Corruption Case

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Mayor Ray Nagin are now deliberating. Closing arguments showed the defendant in two very different roles.

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2:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Appeal Planned In Jefferson Parish Katrina Flooding Lawsuit

Attorneys who brought a class-action lawsuit against Jefferson Parish say they will appeal a 9-3 jury verdict that found the parish was negligent in its emergency response planning but that the negligence didn't cause the flooding suffered by tens of thousands of Jefferson property owners during Hurricane Katrina.

Attorney Richard Martin tells The New Orleans Advocate the plaintiffs' legal team is still working out the details and may even go back to Judge John Peytavin's court with a post-trial motion first.

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11:21 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Closing Arguments Begin In Ray Nagin Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Closing arguments began Monday morning in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin spent two days testifying against the 21-count indictment.

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