Friday, January 18, 2013

"Chocolate Ray" has been indicted

Ray Nagin, the ex-Mayor of New Orleans, was indicted less than two hours ago.

From the Associated Press story that ran in USA Today:

The charges are the outgrowth of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
The counts include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy.

Many people call him "Chocolate Ray" because he called New Orleans a "chocolate city"

In the original version of this page, there was a link to a video of his "chocolate city" speech, but on May 18, 2017, I added the original video on the right, to make it easier to see his racism for themselves.

"This city will be chocolate at the end of the day."
- Ray Nagin, Mayor of the City of New Orleans

The buses that could have evacuated the city's residents out of danger when a hurricane approached New Orleans, which was built on below-sea-level ground, were idle because Mayor Ray Nagan was having a party in his home when he should have been showing his leadership.

An in-depth investigation into Ray Nagin's "missing-in-action" style.


A photo of the buses that would have prevented most of the deaths if they had been used.   These buses are partially underwater because they weren't used.


A photo of the city, looking pretty much the same way, and for the same reason:

Ray Nagin failed to do his job as a mayor during a city-wide crisis.

Dated updates

Note: The dates at the top of each section are the dates that I added each update to this page.

February 2014

Ray Nagin is now a convicted criminal.

Copied from the Washington Post article dated February 12:
Former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin — who became the face of a desperate, drowning city during Hurricane Katrina — was convicted Wednesday on charges of accepting bribes from city contractors while in office.

Nagin, a Democrat, was found guilty by a federal jury on 20 of 21 criminal counts, including bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud. He was acquitted on one count of bribery.

September 2014

Ray Nagin is now an inmate of a Federal Prison in Texarkana, Texas.  Link to a story on the CNS News website dated September 8, 2014.

May 2017 (two new stories)

These are the first three paragraphs of an April 15, 2015 Reuters story.
Attorneys for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for corruption, are seeking to have his 2014 conviction overturned because of what they say were flawed instructions given to the jury, court papers show.

Nagin, 58, was convicted on 20 counts including bribery, conspiracy and money laundering, all tied to payments he received for granting city contracts during the recovery effort in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

He was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005 when the storm's waters overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage.

These are the first three paragraphs of an October 5, 2016 Nola story.  All three of the links in these paragraphs were in their story.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's final hope for an early exit from federal prison was all but quashed after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up his appeal of his 2014 public corruption conviction.

At the start of its fall session Monday (Oct. 3), the high court denied Nagin's petition, letting stand the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal decision in January that called his arguments "meritless."

"His criminal case was effectively over when the 5th Circuit denied his appeal, but this means it's really, really over," Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino said.

Nagin, 60, is two years into a 10-year prison sentence after a jury convicted him on 20 counts of bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. He is the first mayor of New Orleans charged, tried and convicted of public corruption.