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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.

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.

The New Orleans Inspector General says police are underreporting robberies. The numbers are given to the FBI for its national Uniform Crime Report.

New Orleans is planning to use civilian officers to patrol the French Quarter.

It’s part of a security plan called NOLA PATROL.

The unarmed civilians would handle non-emergency matters. The plan aims to give regular officers the time and ability to better handle serious crimes.

Funding comes from a hotel tax. The plan needs City Council approval.

State police have temporarily assigned 50 officers to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny and Bywater in response to the Bourbon Street shooting.

The agency is planning to withdraw them after Labor Day.

A suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward got into a fight with another inmate on his first day inside Orleans Parish Prison.

Court records show Blair Taylor, one of two men police say opened fire Aug. 10 on a crowd of mostly women and children, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday — hours after being booked on murder charges.

A third man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward that killed two people and injured five.

Two boys and their mother were among the wounded.

New Orleans police say 23-year-old Joseph Nelson III is accused of being one of two gunmen who fired into a group on Aug. 10. Police say 25-year-old Ashley Shorts allegedly helped one of those two avoid detection.

Nelson was booked yesterday with two counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted first-degree murder.

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.

Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is, once again, violence in New Orleans.

On August 10, 2014, two people were killed and five were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward. Two children were severely wounded in the incident

Jesse Hardman / WWNO

New Orleans officials are asking the public for help in finding the gunman who killed two people and injured five others in a weekend drive-by shooting. Police have made some progress in the investigation.

Two small children are among the wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward.

New Orleans police say two teenagers were killed and five people injured when shots were fired from a passing car at a home at the 5400 block of Burgundy Street around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Relatives tell Nola.com/the Times-Picayune that one of the two injured toddlers was shot in the head. One man and an 18-year-old woman were killed at the scene.

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