Former New Orleans mayor guilty of graft in Katrina recovery

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrives at court in New OrleansBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A federal jury on Wednesday found former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and corruption in connection with his dealings with contractors in the early years of the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The jury found him guilty on 20 of the 21 corruption counts that he faced, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion. During the 10-day trial, the jury heard from some 30 prosecution witnesses, including a City Hall insider and contractors who earlier pleaded guilty to bribing public officials and are awaiting sentencing.

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