Former Mayor Ray Nagin will have a (slightly) happier birthday when he turns 58 on June 11. Last week, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan granted a request from Nagin lawyer Robert Jenkins to move Nagin's sentencing date from June 11 to July 2.
But that was the only good news for the former mayor. Earlier in the week, Berrigan had ordered Nagin to forfeit $501,201 to the federal government. Earlier last month, Nagin's wife Seletha filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Texas, where the family lives, in an apparent attempt to keep the Nagins' home and other assets from being seized by creditors.
In February, a federal jury found Nagin guilty of conspiracy, money laundering, nine counts of wire fraud, six counts of bribery, and filing false tax returns from 2005-2007. He has been on home confinement since his conviction. The former mayor's conviction on 20 felony counts has led to widespread speculation about the prison term Berrigan will give him, with most expecting a sentence of at least 17 years.
Nagin hasn't spoken publicly since the trial but continues to tweet, mostly inspirational and religious messages. In the days before the sentencing postponement, he quoted Bishop T.D. Jakes ("Prayer empowers you to find your own way through life without simply reacting to whatever the devil may throw at you") and the Rev. Joel Osteen ("When life gets tough & things don't look like they'll work out, you can live by faith knowing God has already written the final chapter"). He also posted an R.I.P. message for poet Maya Angelou, who died May 28, and quoted her: "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."