Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Corruption Charges

imagesBy Victor Trammell

Ray Nagin became a national figure in politics when he was the mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana.

As the city struggled with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Nagin attempted to lead during one of the saddest times in American history. Nagin has kept a low profile since he has left politics in 2010. He has recently regained headlines over some very bad news regarding a serious federal criminal case hanging over his head.

Nagin, 56, appeared in federal court Wednesday to enter a plea of not guilty to almost tw0-dozen charges in connection with his alleged corruption activity during his time as mayor of New Orleans. During Wednesday’s arraignment, U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan set Nagin’s bond at $100,000.

A 21-count indictment handed down last month alleges that Nagin of accepted more than $200,000 in bribes, free loads of granite for a family business, and trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and other places for lavish vacations. According to federal prosecutors, Nagin allegedly received illegal kickbacks in return for helping city contractors gain numerous million-dollar projects.

The new charges against Ray Nagin are the latest in a series of shameful crimes committed by New Orleans members of City Hall. A prior federal investigation of  corruption has already resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two Louisiana businessmen. A former vendor for the city of New Orleans has also received a lengthy prison sentence for activity linked to the city’s rampant corruption scandal.

 

 

 

24 Responses to Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Corruption Charges

  1. Just like I said in the son of Jesse article;

    The more I read stories like this I see the necessity for the black community to form a kind of National Public Officials Account Committee and it could work in three ways;

    1. host a vetting process for interested parties who wish to represent our community, mandated by the community
    2. establish an investigate division which works as a fact-finding arm which looks into the slanders, accusations, allegations made against our public officials
    3. be the sole conduit for community funding for all public official campaigns

    With something like this it would help our public officials to keep themselves in check!

    Just a theory…what do you think?

    • You must be out of your dang mind. All these dumb pieces of scum thieves need to go to jail for a long time.

      They were given education, affirmative action and all the benefits and still these thieving n8ggahs act like immorale greedy fools.

      The very worse thing this trash did is try to lock up black boys for clothes, allowed drug cartels to take over the cities, and wined and dined while the people fell back into slavery – drug slavery.

      They are enemies of all black americans and should be treated as such.

      • @ludy:

        Did those cracker bankers, insturance owners, mortgage companies, automobile owners, and Hostess cupcake theives went to jail when they stole BILLIONS of dollars from tax payers, and their employees?

        Remember, niq.qa, it was that Black mulatto, O’Drama, who bailed those greedy bast.urds theives out with a big WELFARE CHECK!!!

        What did those crazy cracker niq.qas do with the money…they bought prostitutes, gave themselves manicures and pedicures, bought the best liquor and drugs, and GAVE THEMSELVES BONUSES!!!

        Bye niq.qa!!!

        • So does that mean you think it OK for you to go out and rape a little boy because someone else got away with it?

          Are you going to go out and commit murder and rape because you think someone else got away with it?

          • BYTCH, what the fvck are you talking about?

            Come to me with dialogue; not the bullshyt, cracker shyt you’re talking about!

            You crackers are still raping little boys and girls and getting away with it!

            You crackers are still killing INNOCENT Black people, especially Black men, and getting away with it!

            You crackers are still stealing, lying and cheating, and getting away with it!!!

            GET THE FVCK OUTTA HERE WITH THAT BULLSHYT BECAUSE MY NAME AIN’T SIMPLE SUCKA SAM!!!

  2. I feel that all these Black politricksters are being scapegoated, since this is BLACK OURstory month.

    These yankees are doing anythang to make this the most memorable month (since this is Black Ourstory Month) to demean and denounce Black men in high posiitons.

    Although, some of them are guilty, and some of them are not guilty, but why is this month the downfall month of Black men?

    HONKEYS COMMIT MORE CRIMES, THAN ALL CULTURES COMBINED, BUT THE MEDIA (mindless evil devils in action), are showing Black men in the lowest form, than crackers, who commit more deviant crimes.

    How come clintonboy didn’t go to jail for molesting a woman IN HIS OFFICE? How come bushboy didn’t go to jail for killing innocent people with that so-called weapons of mass destruction? How come he didn’t go to jail for “loosing 9 billion dollars” that was never found? How come past presidents didn’t go to jail for having slaves while they were in office?

    WE MUST SEPARATE FROM THESE HEATHENS TO BE SAVED!!!

    JUST A THOUGHT!!!

    • Your a one sided racist Derrick. Practice what you preach. Get off your pity pot and be a man.

      • BYTCH, you crazy crackers always call a MAN, who aint scared to tell the Truth about you demonic devils, a racist.

        How many times do I have to tell you yankees, that the ONLY racist on this planet are YOU redneck crackers!!!

        A racist is nothing, but a white supremacist, and I SHOW AIN’T white!!!

        Go take off your skirt and heels, and stop acting like a BYTCH!!!

  3. As far as I am concerned, he deserves any and everything he gets. How many of our people died due to his stupidy while he was mayor? This fool was lost when Katrina hit! He had no idea what to do, he should have been using those school buses to help remove his people instead he allowed the buses to be flooded. Sorry, I don’t feel sorry for him.

  4. Unlike Jessie Jr. — Nagin claims he is “not guilty”…so we have to wait to see what evidence comes out. Sometimes their is a frame up in the works…or the Prosecutors go way overboard in these cases… especially when there is a Black man accused. Maybe he was just in bad company…who knows? How many times have we seen Black folks get accused of crimes … but it turns out to be nonsense?

    And I am waiting for G.W. BUSH and Darth CHENEY to get charged with something…. like WAR CRIMES. Or how about those greedy vultures on WALL ST. who crashed the entire economy? Are they going to arrest some of them?

    We cannot just assume Nagin did it…without an ounce of proof. It is a matter of the accusers presenting their case…with some evidence, witnesses, and all that.

  5. Lets not forget the main reason why Ray Nagin is under investigation…because he cussed-out Pres. Bush jr.!
    Do you really think they’ll let that one slide?!?

    The weather reports for that region was highlighted by the city via the national weather agency way before the hurricane hit the gulf of Mexico, and remember there was an ongoing issue with the levies.

    At this point FEMA was alerted but they did nothing, Pres. Bush was playing golf when he should have been declaring a state of emergency for Louisianna and Mississippi and he didn’t get down to New Orleans until Ray Nagin, and celebrities like John Travolta and Sean Peen embarrassed him publicly on national tv (lets not forget the Kanye West moment either!).
    Now if we want to talk about public officials acting contrary to the will of the public then we should remember the Enron situation that pres. Bush was neck-deep in, as well as his wife & his mama!!
    I bet the only thing we black folks had to say about pres. Bush’s shenanigans was ‘oh thats typical of these crackers’, had a little moan about it then forgot about it!!
    But when it comes to Black public officials the vitriole we use against them is much greater than the ones we use against their white counterparts, we want to tar & feather them and throw the judicial book at them that we don’t even own!!

    If former Mayor Ray Nagin committed these alleged crimes then he should pay his dues however we do need to entertain circumspection, i.e. employ more balanced thinking when it comes to our brothers and sisters in public office because we have had to suffer all kinds of lies and slander levelled against us by whites as a people for pretty much centuries.
    Its easy to jump to conclusions when it comes to our people but we need to check out the kind of culture that public officials act out of; is the level of corruption in those circles so great that missappropriating funds is the norm??
    Do some of our brothers & sisters who become civil servants on this level forget themselves by thinking if the white man committs these crimes so can they??
    Is the white man just as guilty??
    And does he leverage his political clout against our public officials to gain the upper hand simply because he/she hates seeing us in positions of authority in the first place?

    I agree with ‘Derrick’, why is it that they’re talking so much about Jesse Jackson III and Ray Nagin during BHM???
    To the white power structure its about character assasination in a time and atmosphere where black people are reflecting on the greats who have contributed much to America and the world…they hate that we have this month so they do their best to destroy what we have simply because there’s a possibility that we just might come to our senses and see them for who they really are…thieves, cut-throats, rappists, liars, usurpers and just down-right dirty by nature!!!

    LOOK AT THE HIDDEN AGENDA PEOPLE!!

    • That was a long good ‘trip’ of Truth Bro Traveller.

      Unfortunately, most negroids can’t think with their third melinated sense. They beLIEve ANYTHANG these crackers tell them, and show them on their tell-a-LIE-vision stations.

      You are right about; how negroids will down each other, but when these yankees commit their crimes, they ‘turn the other cheek’.

      These cracker trolls, such as ludy and easy money, are nothing, but a bunch of flat azz crackers spewing their venom on these weak negroids, who agree with them.

      I listen to talk radio, and it’s amazing how negroids will tear each other apart when our children commit crimes, and they tell the host; they should ALL DIE, but they’re too chicken hearted to speak out on these murderous demonic devils when they kill us! The only thang that comes out of their jibs (mouths) is…’god’ will work it out!!!

      Peace & Prosperity!

      • So you’re supposed to be so pro black u want all negroes to get away with murder, but you spend your time SUPPORTING radio stations that call for genocide of black children?

        You should be boycotting trash radio like that. When you support something you help keep it going.

    • There is no hidden agenda. There is only your perspective SKEWED by the past, when you should be looking at ONLY THE PRESENT FACTS.

      Instead of you complaining about the exposure of criminals who are genociding black people and destroying black communities, you should be applauding the TRUTH getting out.

      It is a known fact that PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE LIKE THEMSELVES. It is obvious that you are a negro who would gladly murder and rob your black community, and want the world to look the other way while you commit your black on black crime, that the KKK rewards you and them to do. Almost all criminals plead guilty.

  6. Tyrone,
    Based on the premise of your argument lets see if the courts of the land judges Jesse Jackson III and wife ONLY on the present facts!

    Jurisprudence relies heavily on past facts in order to support the circumstantial evidence of what is present i, therefore this fact makes your supposition somewhat moot.

    This article doesn’t necessarily call for me to complain about the exposure of criminals who are genociding black people and destroying black community it does however present me with an opportunity to highlight an imbalance when it comes to black & white criminal minded public officials.
    Addressing your suggestion that I excuse undue black behaviour; this is ridiculous as I pointed out quite clearly that if Ray Nagin committed these crimes that he should do time for however we like to harp on more about our own rather than see the hypocrisy in the system as a whole!

    Check the facts first…i.e. read my properly comments properly!!

  7. Dont include me in your “WE LIKE TO” stereotypes. I am an INDIVIDUAL WHO cowtows to no ones opinion, and am intelligent enough to have my OWN opinion. There are many black people who do not want to be stereotyped in this manner, so I would appreciate it if your black rascist self would stop assuming that our skin color makes us JUST LIKE YOU. NOT!!!

    And as far as that hand picked negro judge, let’s see if he will risk his career, and future to let the guilty go free and act like a black rascist. The WORLD is watching and WGN will be reporting.

    • Tyrone

      Projection is an interesting thing!
      At no time at all did I include you generically into anything I said, however if you still think I did then thats your business but I’m quite sure that is not what I did, however what you have accused me of is quite possibly how you’re feeling about yourself!

      Assumption is an interesting thing!
      Prove what I said to be wrong as I quoted a collective mentality and trend within the black community, intelliegnce should proverbially tap you on your shoulder and remind you that ‘collective’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘totality’, but if you want to be offended by what I said then once again, thats your business!!

      I’m a Racist???

      Thats right, I am one and I suggest you analyse what ‘Racist’ actually means rather than accepting the buzz-word definition that the European gave you.

      However, like I said before, if you’re not prepared to look at the facts of what I say, then thats your business!!!

  8. “You must be out of your dang mind. All these dumb pieces of scum thieves need to go to jail for a long time.

    They were given education, affirmative action and all the benefits and still these thieving n8ggahs act like immorale greedy fools.

    The very worse thing this trash did is try to lock up black boys for clothes, allowed drug cartels to take over the cities, and wined and dined while the people fell back into slavery – drug slavery.

    They are enemies of all black americans and should be treated as such.” by ludy

    Indeed, Ray Nagin like other no good black elected officials disgrace the office. I’m willing to bet Ray Nagin is facing stiff prosecution for stealing from Caucasians and taxpayers money. Typically the Ray Nagins’ within the black community get a “get out of jail free card” and receive little if any punishment and are not held accountable for all the stealing/unethical activity perpetrated against the black community, because the black community refuses to hold this scum accountable.

  9. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2005/08/katr-a31.html

    It is beyond me why any black man or woman would be defending former Mayor Ray Nagin, when as Mayor Ray Nagin betrayed the black poor during the Katrina natural disaster.

  10. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/30/nation/la-na-court-prosecutors-20110330

    “Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times

    For decades, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, Compton, CA, New Orleans, LA, Oakland, CA, etc., etc., to where U.S. born blacks reside, are subjected to “Taxation without Competent” Representation.

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    Oath of Office: “I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, County Board of Supervisor’s Member, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief’s rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”

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    “There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.

    Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.
    (The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for all elected office officials)

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