Feb. 12 - A federal jury finds former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and corruption in connection with the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Deborah Gembara reports.
A federal jury has found former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin guilty of corruption --much of it in connection with efforts to rebuild the city, after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. He was found guilty of 20 of 21 corruption counts including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion. Prosecutors say he accepted cash and favors worth more than $500,000 over a three year period. U.S. attorneys outside the court. SOUNDBITE: U.S. attorneys sayingL "Obviously we are very pleased with the verdict, we are thankful to the jury for the careful deliberations." His wife Seletha by his side, Nagin had only this to say about the verdict. SOUNDBITE: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. "I maintain my innocence." The 57-year-old former politician will remain under house arrest until his sentencing. He faces more than 20 years in prison.