Ex-New Orleans Mayor's Bribery Trial Set to Open

Ray Nagin's former associates may be key witnesses against him.

Posted: 01/27/2014 10:45 AM EST

A trial is set to open for the corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is charged with accepting bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.

Jury selection for Nagin's federal trial is scheduled to begin Monday in New Orleans.
The Democrat served two terms as mayor before leaving office in 2010. He was living in a Dallas suburb when a grand jury indicted him a year ago on charges that include bribery and wire fraud.

The charges are the product of a City Hall investigation that already has resulted in several convictions or guilty pleas by former Nagin associates who could be key prosecution witnesses at the trial.

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