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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced To Decade In Prison For Bribery

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Just out from Dow Jones:

  • Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Corruption
  • New Orleans Mayor During Hurricane Katrina Headed to Federal Prison for 10 Years After Conviction for Trading City Business for Cash, Trips, Other Favors

And from the WSJ:

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor--including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.


Mr. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Mr. Nagin's support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and during his February trial.

Finally from the NYT:

C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of cash, cross-country trips or help with the family-run granite countertop company; the bribes were handed out by men looking for city business ranging from software supplies to sidewalk repair. Many of the schemes, though not all, took place after Hurricane Katrina, when contractors crowded into the city for rebuilding work.


Many of those involved eventually pleaded guilty and testified at length against Mr. Nagin at his trial.


The corruption had been so thoroughly covered in the local news media that few people were surprised by the verdicts. Mr. Nagin had come into office in 2002 as a reformer from the business world and a foe of cronyism. But the city grew frustrated with his stewardship, particularly in his second term when the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina stalled and Mr. Nagin seemed unengaged. By the time he left office in 2010, many in New Orleans had moved past frustration and were simply ready to see him go.


Throughout the trial the courtroom was half-empty, except for a riveting two days when Mr. Nagin took the stand and denied everything, at times with a glib dismissal. At one point he even refused to recognize his own signature on receipts that federal prosecutors displayed on a large screen.


In a court filing urging a stiff sentence, federal prosecutors described Mr. Nagin’s testimony as “a performance that can only be summed up by his astounding unwillingness to accept any responsibility,” and listed in detail 22 instances in which they said he had lied on the witness stand. As they had at trial, prosecutors also contrasted Mr. Nagin’s attention to detail in some of the kickback schemes with what many came to see as his lackadaisical stewardship in office.


“These repeated violations, at the expense of the citizens of New Orleans in a time when honest leadership was needed most, do not deserve leniency,” wrote Matthew M. Coman, an assistant United States attorney.

And so, following Rod Blagojevich, another prominent Democrat ends up in prison for corruption, a sentence one assumes will be shortened to a few years for good behavior. Which does beg the question: just when will Jon Corzine be released from prison?


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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:52 | 4939711 Grande Tetons
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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:54 | 4939721 AlaricBalth
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Jon Corzine!!! Don't think we have forgotten about you.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:56 | 4939731 Big Corked Boots
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Nagin got off light. Corzine got off completely.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:59 | 4939751 BC6
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Matthew M. Coman, an assistant United States attorney h@+32 black people!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00 | 4939757 pods
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Da Bitch set me up!  Oops, sorry, wrong politician.


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:02 | 4939763 NoDebt
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Nagin was FRAMED!

Nah, just fukkin' with ya.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:05 | 4939774 Pladizow
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And how does this differ from lobbyists?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:06 | 4939779 MagicHandPuppet
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But, but, but... he did it "for the people"!!!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:10 | 4939791 Monty Burns
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A corrupt black Mayor??? I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14 | 4939816 wallstreetapost...
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When is Obama's trial gonna start... 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:18 | 4939819 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Oh please... am I suppose to believe in the Injustice System after this??? He obviously fell out of favor with his masters, for whatever reason. I see the gullibility levels are on the rise.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:27 | 4939896 Save_America1st
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hmmm....let's see....I predict a presidential pardon to occur sometime before the end of ooooohhhh, let's say 2016 or so.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:52 | 4940274 cifo
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He will see a lot of chocolate.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:13 | 4940370 smlbizman
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isnt he the honorable ray niggen...

if corzine is honorable...raycist...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:13 | 4940979 Boris Alatovkrap
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Good news is chocolate ration is increase for population of prison!

(AmeriKa is incarcerate more of citizenry than other country... is make Stalin roll over and blush in grave*.)


* Comrade Stalin is actually entomb in mausoleum.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:32 | 4940855 ceilidh_trail
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Is he going to a chocolate prison?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:29 | 4939909 NotApplicable
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I'd put him more into the disposable "useful idiot" category. Especially since he isn't a member of the "Good Ole Boy" network.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:37 | 4939950 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Basically, the only usefulness he had left was to be thrown under the bus in order for the slaves to rah, rah, rah about "justice" being served.

So all those businessmen were first time bribers huh? Right...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:47 | 4940254 Four chan
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toss him in kwames cell.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:38 | 4941576 The Blank Stare
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They can start a band. Call it.......Sexy Chocolate.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:48 | 4940026 disabledvet
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More money than they know what to do with down there...but if you want the foreign investors "you've gotta clean it up...and be on the up and up."

Texas has clobbered LA because simply put "they get the Government job done" not just in the sense of "it was completed according to engineering specifications" but because it was value added to the economy as a whole creating a greater prosperity for the greater good.

In short "good for business." That's what you have to think about when you elect your town council dude (or dudette.) a: "is he going steal from me" and b: "will he simply say that's because this is how we do things around here" when he/she does it.

The Feds can't "print their prosperity" (not a very good one it would seem though)...but simply put "at the State and local level hard choices must be made." This is especially true when you got hundreds of billions in oil and natural gas money coming on line.

"More than enough to spread around." Not saying that all that's going on here is stealing...but a Chinese investor who has our debt will not...nor will he ever...invest in "pay to play." They've been doing that in China for 10,000 years. They know the difference. "You'll get a product here."

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:57 | 4940073 fleur de lis
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Gaius - My thoughts exactly. All pols know they are in the midst of a racket, but at some point Nagin saw too much and said "no." That was all it took. Then all the little things that he had let go by (with the knowledge and approval of his overlords) all of a sudden became important. Does anyone really think that corruption is a punishable crime in this country when the transgressors are pols? Can you spell Benghazi? It all depends on the alliance system and who is in control. His only mistake was independant thinking.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:19 | 4940404 Trogdor
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Agreed.  He must have pissed off one of his masters.  I'd bet money they barely scratched the surface of what this scumbag did.  For a "Progressive" to actually get time, they must have done something really bad (beyond going against his oath of office ... not that that stops any of them....)

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:40 | 4941586 The Blank Stare
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Payback from Bush for making him look worse after Katrina.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:02 | 4942468 Frankie Carbone
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I think it's simpler than that. He had served his purpose as a patsy that beta tested a concept for the ruling class, and they had no need for him anymore. He was then relegated back to "the rest of them" class status, and therefore fell under the jurisdiction of the 2nd tier justice system, which is there to a.) punish mouthy non-compliant serfs that get out of hand, b.) establish the illusion of justice, and c.) feed the prison-industrial complex with new commodity to consume in the name of profit. 

I don't think he was ever at a high enough level of significance to have "ever fallen out of favor" with the elite in the first place. At best, they gave him a 1 year local-only "kiss my ass status" with some federal immunity for constitutional violations, but's that's it. 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939824 GetZeeGold
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When is Obama's trial gonna start... 


Datz racism!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:17 | 4939832 jcaz
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Barry's already penning his pardon.....

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:19 | 4939837 wallstreetapost...
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Barry is runnning as fast as possible in the other direction hoping that no one notices.... #impeach&imprision. 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:39 | 4941059 XitSam
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I've wondered about this. Can a president pardon himself?  Or can he pardon someone that hasn't been charged or convicted?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:18 | 4940633 Max Cynical
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Are there any honest black politicians?

Kwame Kilpatrick

"Chocolate City" Mayor Ray Nagin

Charles Rangel

William Jefferson (caught with 90K in freezer after Katrina)

Jesse Jackson Jr.

William Boyland Jr. (Brooklyn Assemblyman convicted of extortion and soliciting bribes by a federal jury)

Barack Obama

Eric Holder

Marion Barry

Sheila Dixon, Baltimore 

Eric Brewer, East Cleveland 

Harold Washington, Chicago 


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:09 | 4939794 MagicHandPuppet
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Quotes by this gubmint opportunist:


"I have been bustin' my butt."

"You know if someone approach me wrong, I'm just gonna cold-cock 'em."

"The election is over. If you supported somebody else, get over it."

"Surely God is mad, at America. He's sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane."

"It is what it is."

"It's me ... It's Ray Nagin."

"And it just pisses me off. And that's what I'm saying, if he (Tom Benson) wants to leave, God bless him, let him leave. We need a new owner. They can't take our logo, they can't take our name. Now let's go for the Cleveland deal."

"You're gonna see a side of Ray Nagin that you haven't seen."

"I m coming back to the station, and me and your news director are gonna be outside in the parking lot having a good one-on-one."

"This is ridiculous."

"I am sick of this."

"This is just crazy."

"This city will be chocolate at the end of the day."

"It's time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that should be, a chocolate New Orleans."

"Now get off your asses and let's do something, and let's fix the biggest g------ crises in the history of this country."

"Excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed."

"This city will be a majority African-American city ... it's the way God wants it to be."

"You got to be kidding me, this is a national disaster, get every doggone Greyhound bus-line in the country, and get their assess moving to New Orleans."

"The city of New Orleans will never be the same."

"So I stand before you a vagina-friendly mayor. I am in."

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14 | 4939817 TBT or not TBT
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That last one is too good to check!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:50 | 4942291 boattrash
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You can take da man outta da hood...

...but you can't take da hood outta da man.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:10 | 4939797 MagicHandPuppet
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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:44 | 4940000 CheapBastard
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"I'm not a crook."

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00 | 4939755 AlaricBalth
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Ten years disqualifies Nagin for Club Fed. He is going behind the wall.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939804 Jayda1850
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Doubt it. Non violent offender, will more than likely put in a camp. May do a few years at a low security behind a fence, then its off to the camp. Fed Camps are the sweetest, not even a fence. just walk off anytime, just as long as you're back before stand up count. Don't know about his sentence reduced to a couple years as Tyler states. In the feds you have to do 85% of your time and usually 6 months halfway house.

The only wall he'll ever be behind is going through the US Pen in Atlanta, where they ship everybody out of.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:58 | 4940068 Almost Solvent
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"not even a fence. just walk off anytime, just as long as you're back before stand up count."


I hope that is not true. WTF? Why are we paying to house these folks in the first place, might as well just put a fucking ankle bracelet on them and save the money the fenceless camps costs.

Wait, that would not be bullish, and I heard guards have a club they all belong to, think they call it a racket, or union, or something like that.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:44 | 4940224 Jayda1850
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Yes, most federal camps do not have fences.

Yes, inmates can go off and get lost for hours on end without anyone knowing. In fact, as long as you are back within 24hrs, they will not charge you with escape, but with a lesser charge. Kinda like being charged for being AWOL rather than deserting.

Of all the government agencies I've come across, the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) is by far the most incestuous and corrupt.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:16 | 4940624 max2205
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He must be the wrong kind of black.


Hey, it's all Zulu to me....

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 19:24 | 4941361 StychoKiller
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They should tack on another 20 years for his (in)actions before and after Katrina!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939828 WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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Lol. #toobigtojail (unfortunately)

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:42 | 4940230 Larry Dallas
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Another negro in the woodpile. Agh. These people are doing wonders proving their stereotype wrong.

Remember Jesse Jackson, Jr? Fur vests. FUR VESTS on a guy?!


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:09 | 4939792 takeaction
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I am actually surprised and impressed.  I read this headline here on ZH...and my first thought was..."Just the Onion". down.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:47 | 4940022 Meat Hammer
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Meh.  It's a give-and-go think you got the guy covered until the guy you didn't see sneaks around behind you.


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:30 | 4939915 thamnosma
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It's a chocolate city according to the ex-mayor.  He now gets to find out how chocolate the prisons are.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:36 | 4939945 OpTwoMistic
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What took so long?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:37 | 4939957 Jumbotron
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:14 | 4940129 docmac324
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He won't serve a single day, watch.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:19 | 4940155 Agstacker
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A chocolate federal prision!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:54 | 4939716 buzzsaw99
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too bad he wasn't a usa congressman they get a free pass

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:21 | 4940162 Al Huxley
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He should have done his research before deciding what office to run for.  He has only himself to blame.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:54 | 4939717 eddiebe
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He must have seriously pissed off some bigger fish or else he never would have even been indicted.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:11 | 4939805 Monty Burns
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Now THAT is a fact.  Probably didn't share out the loot.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:24 | 4940175 MagicHandPuppet
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Exactly.  The big fish have to make an example of those who conveniently "forget" to pay the proper percentage of their bribes up the ladder.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:55 | 4939722 Jethro
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Now he'll live in a real Chocolate City.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:56 | 4939732 phat ho
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still doesn't compare with "Your doing a heck of a job brownie..."

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:55 | 4939733 Stoploss
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You're next Barry........

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:56 | 4939734 JustObserving
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He was not friends with the Nobel Prize Winner or Holder? You will be surprised at what Presidential cufflinks can do. But, apparently, they will not protect you from throat cancer.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:56 | 4939738 NOZZLE
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Just remember, it's Boooosh's fault all those monkeys drowned in their welfare slums cause he hates Blacks, the asshole who stole the money allocated to them obviously loved them and proved it by stuffing the tax money of those white bastards in his suit pockets.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:58 | 4939744 IANAE
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Reminds me of another former mayor convicted and serving time... Kwame Kilpatrick

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:30 | 4939920 thamnosma
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You simply have to assume the worst of an elected official named Kwame.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:50 | 4940038 Meat Hammer
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Especially if he's black.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:58 | 4939745 youngman
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Wonder what that Bus Company manufacturer paid..???

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:59 | 4939752 D-liverSil-ver
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He can rot in Hell for all I care, just for what he did after Katrina.

Ordering police to confiscate guns of innocent people that were just trying to protect their homes.

I hope he comes out in a body bag before his sentence is served.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:01 | 4939758 Kaiser Sousa
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who really gives a fuck ABOUT ANOTHER CORRUPT POLITICIAN...
how bout whats happening once again in Silver at the close in London after the take down at the open in New York...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:15 | 4940382 crazybob369
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It's a war Kaiser, plain and simple. I watch these charts every day, and if I had the money I could make a killing day trading these moves, they're so predictable. Daily gold moves are capped around $10; silver around 20 cents. As soon as they get near those levels...pow, they get hammered down.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:11 | 4939768 Emergency Ward
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The democratically elected Hero of New Orleans.  After his sentence he can run for City Council.


"At one point he even refused to recognize his own signature on receipts that federal prosecutors displayed.."

Admirable. Another Public Official who has done nothing wrong.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939830 Monty Burns
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If he runs he'll get in. Just like Marion Barry in DC.  Don't matter how much he stole, he not White. Noamsane?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:08 | 4939780 pupdog1
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Chocolate city this, bitch.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:07 | 4939783 RiskyBidness
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Everyone knew this cocky negor was bad news!!  Crooked as my tee shot yesterday on #6.  Hold on to your soap Niggin.....I mean Nagin.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:08 | 4939785 mastersnark
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I like to think this is karma for confiscating guns during Katrina.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939823 Dr. Engali
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He didn't confiscate Sean Penn's: 


I like to think it's karma for stealing the funds that were allocated for repairing the levees in the first place.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:27 | 4939892 gcjohns1971
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That's because Sean is a true advocate for Socialism.

He's one of the Pigs in Animal Farm.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:33 | 4939932 NotApplicable
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I'm shocked to hear that he owns guns. What would Castro and Chavez think?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:43 | 4939987 gcjohns1971
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That's because Sean is a true advocate for Socialism.

He's one of the Pigs in Animal Farm.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:10 | 4939789 Dr. Engali
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Ray Nagin, William Jennings Jefferson, Kwame Kilpatrick, Charlie Rangle.... they all have some  in commonalities but I just can't put my finger on them.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:12 | 4939809 Emergency Ward
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They are all honest politicians?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939825 22winmag
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Don't forget Jesse Jackson Jr.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:17 | 4939835 Dr. Engali
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And Al Sharpton. They are always looking out for the little guy aren't they?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:21 | 4939848 Yen Cross
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  Marion Barry comes to mind Doc.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:09 | 4939790 WTFUD
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No GS/JPM Special Adviser or well maintained activity dossier. No Holder i've got your back bung. Silly boy! Chocolate?? Late Bed Wetters Obviously.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:10 | 4939795 LawsofPhysics
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Wake me when the assets obtained from those ill-gotten gains are actually taken back and he actually spends ten years in a real "pound you in the ass" prison.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:10 | 4939798 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Makes me nostalgic for public hangings ...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:13 | 4939811 alexcojones
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Black, white, yellow or brown, makes no difference when money goes down.

Nagin deserves it for the gun grab in NO after Katrina.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14 | 4939814 synthetic
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As a N.O. native, I think that sentence was far too light.  What's even worse is that POS will resurface to run again for some other office and likely win...see Edwin Edwards.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:15 | 4939818 lunaticfringe
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I lived in New Orleans when this fuckstick was Mayor. He always traveled around town with a contingent og cops like he was some big dignitary.

The corruption in New Orleans is everywhere- it's how they do business. Try getting a building permit. Applications get greased and processed much quicker with a decent sized bribe. Everybody knows that.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:23 | 4939871 Quus Ant
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So why was he hung out to dry?  No longer useful I suppose. 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:31 | 4939923 jay28elle
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Yeah, but he will likely 'serve his time' surrounded by an 18 hole golf course, nice white golf carts and 3 fresh meals each day.  

He's taken the fall, but I'm sure he knows more than others will want him to articulate.  It's a small risk they gladly undertake when getting into these corrupted ventures.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4939831 Yen Cross
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  It's a good thing Nagin got practice stacking all that free Granite for bribes...He'll be able to put those skills to good use where he's going.


 "The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and during his February trial."

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:17 | 4939833 Uncle Remus
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Now there's a shock.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:21 | 4939849 Joebloinvestor
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Guy did more to damage to race relations then the KKK.

He should be raped at least once a day.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:23 | 4939863 gcjohns1971
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But, but, but, politicians are only concerned with the PUBLIC INTEREST!!!!



Naive cures itself in the school of hard knocks.

Stupid is only half a word, the first half being "Terminally".

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:23 | 4939864 JimboJammer
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there  are  at  least  30  higher  ups  in  washington  D.C.  doing  the  same  thing . . . . Chris  Dodd  and  Barney  Frank  did  the  most  damage ... to  name  a  few...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:44 | 4940002 atthelake
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At least 30? Make that, at least, 535.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:24 | 4939877 Gringo Viejo
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There is a Civil War, albeit a cold one, currently ongoing in America. Eventually, I expect it to go hot.

If you don't believe race plays a part in it, you're not paying attention.

This is about destroying the foundation of America AND the race that gave birth to it.

Am I being racist? Or factual?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:28 | 4939905 Inbetween is pain
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Racist, you cracker.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:36 | 4939952 Gringo Viejo
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"A man that would speak truth, should have one foot in the stirrup."

....Old Rusian Adage

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:36 | 4939947 falconflight
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Half the whites and 90% of blacks are worthless and have no reason.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:08 | 4940346 crazybob369
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You may be correct about the civil war, but it will be between the haves and have nots. And while it may appear to break down along racial lines, once the middle class completely collapses (I believe Obamacare will be that final straw), it will simply be the rich against the poor. The rich will have the firepower, the poor will have the sheer numbers. In the end we will all lose, because it will be a world wide civil war, and I can assure you, it won't be very all.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:00 | 4940947 pops
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When the curtain finally drops and everyone's awake asking "WTF?" they'll just shut off the EBT cards.  Like shooting out the lantern in a saloon, the bad guys will attempt to escape in the darkness and confusion.  And the cops won't know who to shoot first, but shoot they will.  Probably everyone.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:28 | 4939902 Inbetween is pain
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Good to see racism is alive and well on ZH.  I guess most corruption in this country can legitamtely be attributed to black people, huh?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:31 | 4939919 homiegot
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Sure. Whatever you say.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:04 | 4940066 Emergency Ward
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You may guess that but I don't.  Get some perspective.  Mayor Nagin (obviously an "outsider") did not have the right friends.  EriKKK Holder's Feds did the prosecuting.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:10 | 4940118 Monty Burns
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Just out of interest, is there a non-corrupt black politician or Mayor in the whole country?  If so let me know and I'll send him a medal.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:05 | 4940572 Inbetween is pain
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How come nobody talks about Corzine, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Dimon and other corrupt assholes like them and their whiteness?  The fact is most people in power in the US are white and they're corrupt.  Corruption in the US is mostly a white monopoly.  When a black man is caught you racists focus on the color of his skin.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:52 | 4940742 Monty Burns
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It's all about proportions, old chap.  Of course you'll get corruption in every race but blacks, and black pols in particular, seem to be champions. My question was only partly rhetorical. It seems if blacks get their hands on the loot they can't resist pocketing a large proportion.

Your argument is also used about crime.  Sure you get White murderers but the ratio for blacks is orders of magnitude higher.  And don't start me on inter-racial rape statistics.....

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 21:37 | 4941686 Emergency Ward
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Whites definitely do NOT have a monopoly on corruption.  Furthermore, the article itself does not highlight Nagin's race, but does ask why Jon Corzine is not doing prison time.

So what's the real agenda here?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:29 | 4939903 MrBoompi
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While it's nice to see somebody get punished for corruption and bribery, it makes me wonder why people like Dick Cheney got away with making bribes in Africa or selling oil-related equipment in Iran?  Seems to me some people are above the law.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:12 | 4940123 Monty Burns
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And for standing down the air defenses on September 11, 2001.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:00 | 4940315 crazybob369
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What, you just figured that out now? I would make a list of the should-be-in-jail crowd, but the site but not have enough bandwidth to handle the size of the file.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:30 | 4939914 homiegot
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Shoulda used those buses...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:07 | 4940108 Quus Ant
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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:30 | 4939916 Itchy and Scratchy
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Demo-rat DNA written all over him!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:30 | 4939918 alexcojones
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When is William Jefferson Clinton, that other black guy from Arkansas, going to prison ?

Mena, Waco, OKC, Glass Steagal, just to name a few, that make Nagin look like small fry.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:33 | 4939931 Itchy and Scratchy
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Brought to you by the finger pointing party of the politically correct!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:34 | 4939937 thamnosma
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New Orleans -- what a shithole on so many levels. 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:36 | 4939954 Itchy and Scratchy
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I'm starting to think this is a clever secret Demorat plan to reform prison incarceration conditions from within! Their lots sharper than most 'cause they told me so!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:42 | 4939979 atthelake
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This goes on all over the country, all the time. Most of them don't get caught. In fact, it is so prevalent I wonder how Nagin got caught. He must have offended one of the bosses They're all corrupted by lobby money. Bribery is an accepted way of life in politics. They don't see it as wrong. They passed laws that made bribery legal, as long as you do it with lobby money. It's all treason.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:44 | 4939996 hapless
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Snort - Marion Barry, Kwame Kilpatrick, Ray Nagrin, Rob Ford. So who does the Lib media pick on?

The fat white guy not in jail. Snort.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:44 | 4939997 Catullus
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I still have my Willy Nagin the Chocolate City beer pints from Bulldog. A classic for sure

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:44 | 4940004 TrumpXVI
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Ummm, we're talkin' Louisiana politics here folks....nothing to see here, nothing at all, just move along.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:46 | 4940018 CheapBastard
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Some of those Bubbas from Katrina who did not escape are waiting for Ray in the Cell Block Bathroom Shower.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:51 | 4940048 TrustWho
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Damn Bush, this was and is all his fault.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:59 | 4940086 Milton Freewater
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Anarchy, consider it.


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:05 | 4940100 ratpack1968
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Obama will pardon him in the 11th hour of his term.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:14 | 4940131 RealityCheque
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To Ray:

Before surrendering to serve your sentence, buy lube. In industrial quantities.

10 years is a whole lot of ass raping....prepare yourself!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:17 | 4940145 lasvegaspersona
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a chocolate jail???

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:34 | 4940208 buyingsterling
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Somehow whitey is to blame.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:40 | 4940225 pupdog1
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Nuggins is going to learn the real meaning of "free load of granite."

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:47 | 4940248 Itchy and Scratchy
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Are there any demorats not on the take?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:47 | 4940252 Savyindallas
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I'm very sorry for Nagin and that he got caught up in New Orleans corruption. I lived in New orleans ansdwas actually a prosecutor there for several years in the 80's, but I met Nagin several times at Church after katrina , here in Dallas, when he came to visit his sister and when his kids went to the same parochial school I and my kids went to in Dallas. He had moved them here after Katrina. I always talked to him after church (this was well before the corruption charges) and thought he was a very decent and honorable man. We all make mistakes. He learned the hard way about getting involved in the crooked politics game. I do think it is very unfair that they go after the small fish while the big ones in Washington and Wall Street plunder and steal billions, with no fear at all of procesution.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:34 | 4940461 Blankenstein
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"a very decent and honorable man" does not accept bribes.  PERIOD.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:08 | 4940566 Dingleberry
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Once again...bankers steal and get away with it so we chould all steal.

Obama didn't prosecute the banksters.

Maybe he could have spared "we're going to make N'oleans a chocolate city again" Ray.


But to make things worse.....banksters steal from EVERYONE. The unwashed massed, the muppets, the sophisticated unsophisticated investors....EVERYONE.


What Ray did was steal from poor people that cannot afford to have a penny stolen. New Orleans is another blue city hanging by a thread, and the poor people most in need were harmed by HIM. And to make matters worse, he probably ran on a "help the people" campaign.

That, in my mind, is worse than what banksters do. He harmed those that could least afford it.

Then's not called the big easy for nothing.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:58 | 4940768 Monty Burns
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Oh Jesus, the venerable 'we all make mistakes' mantra being trotted out again.  Nagin instigated a systematic and prolonged program of graft. That is not a mistake!  And how do you know he was a decent and honorable man?   Because he went to Church and uttered a few platitudes? 

But I fully agree with you  that it's very unfair that they go after the small fish while the big ones in Washington and Wall Street plunder and steal billions, with no fear at all of procesution.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:04 | 4942311 boattrash
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I'm really sorry too...Sorry ALL of the corrupt politicians are not currently swingin under lamp posts. Regardless of race or party.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:09 | 4940355 Itchy and Scratchy
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Make him listen to all the Kenyan's speeches 24-7!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:39 | 4940474 auntiesocial
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club fed most likely

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:48 | 4940513 Dingleberry
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Ah yes....another man of da peeples going off to be with other menz of da peeples in jail.

He shudda went into banking instead of politics.

He could have kept most of his ill-gotten gains and avoided hard time.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:59 | 4940542 Itchy and Scratchy
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You can call me Ray ...or you can call me Jay .....

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:24 | 4940657 Uncle Remus
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but I want to call my attorney.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:24 | 4940653 blue gkm
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when the offender is black you holla raciest comments. when the offender is white you say?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:53 | 4940744 Itchy and Scratchy
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ill advised

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:05 | 4940677 earleflorida
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'America, the Land of prismatic`mirror'd Kangaroo Courtship's'

No,... we don't like creole`chocolate, says the cabal to the jackal`lantern... as the boomerang whistles through the air juggling a didgeridoo kinda 'music of the spheres'?                

and for the young at heart...

cheers to unDemon`hypcracy 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:02 | 4940951 robertocarlos
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Can't he just hop on one of the buses fleeing Katrina?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 18:36 | 4941213 surf0766
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Rot in jail you racist pig

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:31 | 4942134 El Hosel
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The man has potential, he might want to consider Investment Banking when he gets out of the big house.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:56 | 4942383 theblackknight
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Obama 2.2 is not on the radar therfore not useful to the idiots. 



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