Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin guilty on 20 counts; networks fail to mention he’s a Dem

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A federal jury found that Ray Nagin abused his office during the 8 years he served as New Orleans Democratic mayor, and found him guilty of 20 of the 21 counts he was indicted on, including bribery and conspiracy.

The jury found that both Nagin and his family’s granite business reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for millions of dollars in city contracts, according to the Associated Press.

Nagin is best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, flooding much of New Orleans and plunging the city into chaos. […]
The charges against Nagin included one overarching conspiracy count along with six counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and four counts of filing false tax returns. He was acquitted of one of the bribery counts.

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Although the Associated Press noted that Nagin was a Democrat, the “big three” network news reports weren’t quite as forthcoming. Here’s a transcript of their reports, according to NewsBusters:

[6:42 p.m. EST]
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And back home, down in New Orleans today, a conviction for the former mayor Ray Nagin. He became a household name in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The face and voice of a city in ruins. But today, Nagin was found guilty of corruption for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and a family vacation to Hawaii in exchange for lucrative city contracts.

[6:47 p.m. EST]
SCOTT PELLEY: Today the former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, was found guilty of 20 of 21 counts in his corruption trial. Outside court today, Nagin said he’s innocent, but he was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and truckloads of granite for his family business from contractors seeking work after Hurricane Katrina. Each count carries a possible penalty of three to 20 years in prison.

[7:21 p.m. EST]
BRIAN WILLIAMS: Ray Nagin, the controversial former mayor of New Orleans who rose to public attention during Hurricane Katrina has been convicted on federal charges of corruption and bribery. Found guilty today of accepting payoffs for city contracts, guilty of 20 of the 21 counts against him, he faces decades in prison now, sentencing date has not yet been announced.

Nagin will be sentenced at a later date.

Watch the reports:


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