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July 9, 2014

Former NOLA mayor Ray Nagin gets 10-year federal prison sentence for corruption

As reported in this New York Times article, "Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday on federal corruption charges, ending a case that began with the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina." Here are a few more more details of this high-profile federal sentencing:

The sentence was less than the recommended 15 years, but Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana told the court that the evidence failed to show that Mr. Nagin had organized or had been a leader of a corruption scheme....

Prosecutors objected to the sentence, a move that could set up an appeal. MOReaction was swift, and mixed. “I think that he got off lightly considering the violations of the public trust,” said Edward E. Chervenak, a political science professor at the University of New Orleans and a critic of Mr. Nagin during his eight years as mayor.

“I think he should have gotten more time,” says Michelle Alford, 37, a native of New Orleans and a hotel employee. “He did nothing to benefit the city. I think he should have gotten 20 years at least. I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous.”

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What did the previous post say regarding guidelines? 10-30 years? So it's on the low end, but it's not an insubstantial punishment. It's definitely a breach of the public trust, but that's what the guidelines take into account anyway. So, yeah, it's a touch low, but it's not a slap on the wrist.

Posted by: Erik M | Jul 9, 2014 9:49:53 PM

10 yrs may sound on the lean side, but its not, especially for him.

The better life you gave before you gets sentenced, the harder and the more time served sucks the big one. If you are a drug addict, lost 40 lbs and rotted teeth and eat junk food, then prison is going to raise your standard of living.

10 yrs for this guy is a good stretch. 10 minutes for is more than I want.

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Jul 9, 2014 10:59:04 PM

How does this sentence serve the public, with his taking up a prison bed that could house a serial child rapist?

All retributionists I have met have been a-holes, so far, including the vile feminist, man hater on the bench.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 10, 2014 6:29:08 AM

How many serial child rapists have been let free because bed space couldn't be found? That seems unlikely.

Posted by: Erik M | Jul 10, 2014 8:07:01 AM

There is a waiting list to get into jail in my town. Kill someone, they will call when they get a spot for you to report to jail.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 10, 2014 11:15:56 PM

I'm calling bullshit on that, sorry. For starters, I'm doubtful that they would even be housed locally once convicted. But I'm also doubtful they'd even be out of custody prior to trial and sentencing. You're free to assert what you want, but if you want me to actually believe it, I will need to see some kind of proof.

Posted by: Erik M | Jul 11, 2014 8:09:42 AM

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