Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin Seeks Trial Delay

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23:  New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin testifies on Capitol Hill on September 23, 2008 in Washington, DC. Mayor Nagin spoke about his city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina as well as its recent experience with hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Officials from the Gulf area were on Capitol Hill requesting lawmakers for federal funding to aid in recovery efforts for over $14 billion worth of damage after the two recent hurricanes devastated the region. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin Seeks Trial Delay

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has asked a federal judge to postpone his bribery trial indefinitely so his attorney can explore whether the case has been tainted by prosecutors' posts online.

Published September 20, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has asked a federal judge to postpone his bribery trial indefinitely so his attorney can explore whether the case has been tainted by prosecutors' posts online.

Nagin's trial is scheduled to start on Oct. 28. But his lawyer argued in a court filing Thursday that he needs more information about a Justice Department investigation of anonymous online comments posted by at least three federal prosecutors.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt cited the posts as evidence of "grotesque" prosecutorial misconduct. He ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge following Hurricane Katrina.

Nagin pleaded not guilty in February to bribery charges.


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Written by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

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