Court rejects appeal of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who was convicted in 2014 on corruption charges.

The 5th Circuit’s U.S. Court of Appeals in a decision filed Thursday upheld Nagin’s conviction

Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2002 to 2010, was convicted on charges of wire fraud, bribery, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors say graft in his administration began before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and flourished afterward.

Bribes included money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

The former mayor had argued in his appeal that a judge gave erroneous instructions to the jury that convicted him.

But the judges wrote in their ruling that they found no error in the jury instructions.

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