Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nagin pleads not guilty to all counts

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Nagin with attorney Robert Jenkins following the hearing
  • Nagin with attorney Robert Jenkins following the hearing

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin — charged with felonies ranging from accepting bribes, filing false tax returns and money laundering in a federal corruption case — pleaded not guilty to all 21 counts in a brief arraignment hearing today.

Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan granted the former mayor a $100,000 bond. Under the terms of the bond, Nagin will have to surrender his passport and limit his travel to Louisiana and Texas, except with permission of the court. He is not allowed to speak to any potential witnesses in the case.

The back of Ray Nagins head
  • The back of Ray Nagin's head

Nagin refused to speak to media after the hearing. Walking away from U.S. District Court with attorney Robert Jenkins, Nagin stared ahead silently as reporters pelted him with questions.

Shushan scheduled a pretrial conference date for April 16. The trial is set to begin on April 29, as of today. Given the complexity of the case, however, that is likely to be pushed back, should it end up going to trial.


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