Jury selection to start in ex-New Orleans mayor's graft trial

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrives at court in New OrleansBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Jury selection will begin on Monday in the public corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and now faces charges that he profited personally from the city’s recovery. Nagin, who was swept into office on promises of good government in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, was indicted by federal grand jury on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and filing false tax returns. Nagin’s trial was due to begin in October 2013, but U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan granted a last-minute delay to give Nagin’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, more time to prepare. Thousands of New Orleans residents were displaced by the storm, especially poor African-Americans, and many were relocated for months or left New Orleans permanently.

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