Nagin Convicted on 20 Corruption Charges

The curtain has closed for former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who was found guilty Wednesday of 20 corruption charges, including taking bribes while in office.

Here’s a breakdown of headlines from various outlets on the developing news:

NPR: A federal jury has found Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor, 57, was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

Washington Post: The charges he faced stemmed from his dealings with vendors involved in the Katrina recovery effort. Businessman Frank Fradella pleaded guilty in 2012 to bribing an unnamed public official with, among other things, a truckload of granite. Nagin's family owns a granite countertop business. Another businessman who worked with Fradella and is currently serving a 14-year sentence recently confirmed Fradella's story and said he helped arrange the bribe.

New York Times: Tania Tetlow, a Tulane University law professor and a former federal prosecutor, said Mr. Nagin could receive a sentence of as many as 20 years under federal sentencing guidelines. He will remain free on bond until sentencing, but was placed on home detention.

USA Today: Prosecutors used 26 witnesses and reams of documents to detail how Nagin accepted more than $500,000 in payouts, including first-class trips to Jamaica and Manhattan, in exchange for millions of dollars in city contracts.

Wall Street Journal: Mr. Nagin, who wore a dark suit with a yellow tie, sat stoically as the verdict was read… The witnesses included Mr. Nagin's technology chief, Greg Meffert, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to bribery and conspiracy charges. Rodney Williams, owner of construction-management business Three Fold Consultants LLC, provided some of the trial's most compelling testimony. He detailed a series of payments made through Stone Age by him and his business partners in order to win bids on city-services contracts.

MORE ON NAGIN VERDICT:

— Associated Press: Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

— Times-Picayune: 21 counts: the Ray Nagin verdict scorecard

— New Orleans Advocate: Former Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption

— New Orleans Advocate: Federal guidelines call for stiff sentence

— Times-Picayune: Live coverage: Ray Nagin convicted guilty on 20 charges

— Times-Picayune: Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, convicted of federal corruption charges

— WVUE: 21 counts of corruption

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