Judge Ginger Berrigan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana handed down the 10-year sentence, telling the court that evidence failed to show Nagin had organized or been a leader of a corruption scheme. The recommended sentence was originally 15 years.
“Mr. Nagin claimed a much, much smaller share of the profits of the crime than any other member of the group,” Judge Berrigan said, referring to the businessmen who profited from the scheme. The judge said that Mr. Nagin’s leadership was much needed after Hurricane Katrina but that it had also been lagging.
If you recall, Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work.
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