Author Archives: Kevin McGill

  • Nagin Gets
10-Year Sentence

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after ...

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  • New Orleans Ex-Mayor: From Reformer to Convict

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Twelve years after he burst on the New Orleans political scene as a charming, reform-minded businessman vowing to clean up city government, former Mayor Ray Nagin walked out of a federal courthouse as the glum embodiment of how far a politician can fall. Nagin was ...

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  • Nagin Guilty

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted Wednesday 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, including right after Hurricane ...

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  • Nagin Takes Stand, Battles Prosecution Lawyer

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In sharp exchanges Thursday with a prosecutor in his corruption trial, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin flatly denied seeking $60,000 from a contractor who had just been turned down for city business. "He lied," the ex-mayor said of key prosecution witness ...

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  • Witness Says He Disguised $50K Bribe to Nagin

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former investment banker serving a 14-year prison sentence for a New Jersey fraud scheme testified Monday that he helped arrange and disguise a $50,000 bribe to former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, Michael McGrath told jurors in ...

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  • Witness: Vendor Funded Ex-New Orleans Mayor Trips

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former technology chief for the city of New Orleans says ex-Mayor Ray Nagin took expensive vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica paid for by a major city vendor, Mark St. Pierre, who also helped funnel illegal contributions to Nagin's 2006 re-election campaign. Greg ...

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  • Seven Arrests Now Made in Mother’s Day Shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Days after bursts of gunfire brought a chaotic and bloody end to a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans, news of now seven arrests gave an organizer of the traditional event reason to celebrate again. "I'm just ecstatic," Edward Buckner, ...

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