Judge won't give Nagin special hearing on leniency request

Judge won't give Nagin special hearing on leniency request

Ray Nagin (center) is surrounded by his wife, Seletha, and his defense team on the way to court during his federal corruption trial on February 10, 2014.

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's request for a hearing devoted to arguments that he should be given a lighter sentence on corruption charges than the one recommended by prosecutors.  

   U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan denied the request in a brief order Monday, saying the motion can be heard July 9, at the hearing already set for Nagin's sentencing.

    Nagin was convicted in February on charges including bribery, fraud and money laundering stemming from his two terms as mayor. Some of the charges carry possible 20-year prison terms.

 

   Prosecutors' sentencing recommendations have not been made public. However, Nagin attorney Robert Jenkins' motion for a lighter sentence indicated they have recommended a sentence of at least 20 years.

 

   Nagin, a Democrat, served two terms from 2001-2010.

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