Jury Selection Starts in Ex-New Orleans Mayor’s Graft Trial

Kathy Finn, Yahoo! News, January 27, 2014

Jury selection started 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 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 a federal grand jury on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and filing false tax returns.


Nagin could be sentenced to 20 years in prison or more under federal sentencing guidelines if he is convicted of the charges against him, a legal expert said.

During a long federal investigation, numerous former associates of Nagin signed plea deals with the government and agreed to testify against him.

Nagin, 57, was indicted January 2013 and charged with accepting gifts that included more than $200,000 in cash and wire transfers, free vacations for him and his family, and truck loads of free granite delivered to a countertop installation company Nagin owned with his two sons.


As mayor during the crisis, Nagin publicly clashed with federal and state officials over relief efforts and was accused of making statements during the crisis that inflamed passions.

Later, Nagin, who is black, was criticized for racial divisiveness for urging residents to rebuild a “chocolate New Orleans,” referring to its majority African-American population.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Never mind this, white people. Just pop in an everlasting gobstopper after your three-course-dinner gum, and it will allll just go away.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Oompa oompa oopadydoo, I’ve got another morsel for you,

      Oompa oompa oopadydoo, blacks in charge mean the country is through!

      • Irishgirl

        I hope this doesn’t ruin chocolate (the candy) for me.

      • Laura Dilworth

        it’s not over. he’s being held accountable

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m gonna go with 10 out of 12 jurors wind up being of the ‘Chocolate‘ persuasion.

  • sbuffalonative

    Another black icon is exposed for what he really is.
    Nagin’s buses:

    • NotTooSwift

      Remember, when asked why the buses were not activated, Nagin stated “we can’t depend on bus drivers reporting for duty on a normal day”. We are really screwed.

      • IstvanIN

        The bus drivers were no doubt black.

    • bilderbuster

      Can you imagine all the buses loaded with Bantus chugging down the highway with nowhere to go?
      The Congo Express would be like that NYC garbage barge back in the day that no one wanted.
      They would truly be “The Lost Tribe”.

  • sbuffalonative

    Nagin’s World Travels as Mayor:

    • bigone4u

      Nice research by you. Thanks. I’ll add that the travel itinerary looks similar to that of the university administrators where I used to work. Government employees seem to think they have a right to travel the world at taxpayer expense, which is another reason to cut their budgets.

      • IstvanIN

        And even non-employees, like Moochelle.

      • sbuffalonative

        The chart is from the Times-Picayune so they were on to this guy but the voters didn’t care. It didn’t matter that he was a scoundrel. He’s black and that’s all they needed to keep him in office. No racist white newspaper was going to take him down.

      • r j p

        Travel is fine, when it’s on your dime.

    • I was under the impression that it is illegal for US citizens to spend money in Cuba.

    • NotTooSwift

      From Wikipedia: “Now as a consultant, public speaker and recovery expert, (Ray) Nagin travels the country and world to give advice to governments, universities and private sector on emergency preparedness. He had worked extensively in Europe, Canada, Haiti, the Caribbean and Australia. ”I think New Orleans is a key study of a horrific catastrophe and how we struggled to plan and implement to get the city back to recovery”.

      Can you imagine paying money to listen to this guy discussing emergency preparedness?

      • Whitetrashgang

        Look what people watch on TV.

      • sbuffalonative

        His advice? ‘Use the damn buses!’

        • blight14

          “My peoples ain’t gonn ride no skool busses”

      • r j p

        Be like listening to Marion Barry discuss drug rehab with a crack pipe in his hand.

      • blight14

        You should hear some of his lectures on nuclear medicine/theoretical physics…..wow!

    • Mergatroyd

      Got a map of O’bongo’s travels or his ugly wife MOOchelle?

  • Luca

    I will never forget when he asked in 2006 about the dismally slow pace of repairing new Orleans after Katrina he said: “That’s alright. You guys in New York can’t get a hole in the ground fixed and it’s five years later.”

    And the main stream media went to bat for him saying he was frustrated.

    • bilderbuster

      That’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Sounds about right.

  • bigone4u

    To repeat something I’ve written before, there’s not a black politician anywhere in the world who isn’t corrupt. The same is true for the Hispanics. It’s a matter of rooting out the worst of the corrupt ones and prosecuting them as a means of deterrence to the rest. Since I have no doubt about Nagin’s guilt, I hope he’s convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Corruption is in their blood, isn’t it?

  • Alexandra1973

    No way! Not Nutty Nagin!

    (Why am I not surprised?)

  • Spartacus

    “Later, Nagin, who is black, was criticized for racial divisiveness for
    urging residents to rebuild a “chocolate New Orleans,” referring to its
    majority African-American population.”


    If he were White, and wanted to rebuild a “Vanilla City”, he would be in prison now for being a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews .

    • bilderbuster

      If there was a Naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews mayor & offered only half the amount of money to rebuild New Orleans into a “Vanilla City” it would not only be rebuilt much better than it could possibly have ever been it would probably be one of the nicest cities ever built.

    • I can think of a more suitably brown analogy for New Orleans than “chocolate”. Hint: it isn’t “mud”.

  • Extropico

    A lot of that New Orleans Chocolate went to Houston and Baton Rouge, to the consternation and conniption of the people there.

    • bilderbuster

      Yes they did.

    • Jesse James

      and Atlanta, like we needed more.

    • Alexandra1973

      The minute some of us heard that evacuees were heading to Texas we were like, “Yep, the crime rate’s gonna go up.”

      We were right.

  • NotTooSwift

    Anyone familiar with the term “jury nullification”?

    • Right.
      Pack the jury with bantus and issue Ray Ray a free pass.

  • libertarian1234

    “Ray “Chocolate City” Nagin is charged with corruption.”

    Has there been even one black who has not done something illegal during his tenure of office…anywhere?

    I’m guessing that all of them have not been prosecuted, but isn’t that only because there wasn’t enough evidence or they were never caught?

  • John K

    Nothing will happen to him. Hell, there might be an opening for him in the Obozo Administration as some type of diversity czar.

    • Mergatroyd

      He will be appointed EPA Kommisar.

  • MBlanc46

    Just another corrupt black pol. We churn them out by the dozen here in Cook County.

    • r j p

      $200 million dollars to rebuild Wilson Red Line station.
      Think there is some graft in that?

      • MBlanc46

        There’s graft in everything here, yet I never get a dime of it. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

  • Massif1

    A black mayor charged in corruption? You don’t say.

    • Brian

      We had our turn in ATL with Bill Campbell (we pay the highest water bills in the country now because he was too busy getting his gambling, cronyism and corruption on, to deal with the 100-y-o sewers, despite $10,000 daily fines from the feds).

      • Massif1

        The only solution to truly show what is keeping Atlanta afloat is to create Milton County and let South Fulton county pay its own bills. Too many whites in Alpharetta and Johns Creek have blinders on and failing to see that soon black crime as well as other minority crime will be a daily nuisance. Gwinnett is slowly turning ghetto and some of the nicest apartment complexes in Duluth, that border Johns Creek, have way too many people I wouldn’t want to live next door to.

        • Brian

          South Fulton…pay its own bills… HA! I’m trying to picture that…

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Former New Orleans DEMOCRAT Mayor Ray Nagin… who was mayor during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is accused of receiving kickbacks in exchange for city contracts, and wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. In the postings, Nagin and two other former New Orleans mayors were called the “three stooges” and referred to as incompetent

    Start the prison bus!

    Another chocolate mayor from another chocolate city going to another chocolate prison.
    Maybe School Bus Nagin can be bunkmates with Kwame or Campbell from Atlanta in the Mayor’s Suite.

    Nagin’s Navy floundering in Lake Nagin!

    All Bush’s fault

  • Massif1

    Black politicians will always be corrupt. Their idea of government is in the foundation of African society. They see government office as a way to generate revenue for themselves and at the same time refuse to do anything for the people. The reason over 90% of blacks are democrats is because both groups support taxing the rich and even middle working class to benefit the families of entitled ones.

  • Mark Hillyard

    I like Moses’ Law. If a person is found a thief then he doesn’t go to jail he becomes a “slave” sort of, until his thieving is paid off as much as 5x, depending on the type of thing stolen. This would make all thieves think before absconding with others goods.
    Many Christian Preachers will attempt to say the “Law is done away” but that only pertains to the laws of sacrifice and other ceremonial things like washings.

  • Whirlwinder

    Little Detroit.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Little Chicago…