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Winter Storm Delays Nagin Trial

Winter Storm Delays Nagin Trial

The winter storm which is expected to bring freezing rain, snow and ice to the area beginning Tuesday has halted Ray Nagin's corruption trial, at least for one day.

The federal courthouse on Poydras will be closed Tuesday because of the storm, so jury selection will resume on Wednesday.

The court adjourned on Monday without empaneling a jury.

60 prospective jurors were screened on Monday and the jury of 12 plus four alternates may be drawn from that pool. Jurors for trials in the Eastern District of Louisiana come from 13 parishes.  The Advocate reported that the group screened on Monday appeared to include 41 whites, 15 African-Americans, three Asians and one Hispanic.

The former New Orleans mayor is charged with 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud and filing false income tax returns.

Prosecutors are expected to present testimony from the city's former Information Technology Director, Greg Meffert, and from several local businessmen who've already pleaded guilty to charges arising from their dealings with Nagin.





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