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"

The video of his "chocolate city" speech.

"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.

February 2014 update

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 Update

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