NEW ORLEANS -- Exactly one week before his federal corruption trial, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin took to Twitter to express defiant solidarity with another businessman in the feds’ crosshairs, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Nagin re-tweeted a New York Post story about Cuban’s victory in a Dallas federal court over the Security and Exchange Commission, the federal regulatory body that had accused Cuban of insider trading.
The New York Post tweet quoted Cuban saying, “They’re not looking for justice, they’re looking to win,” referring to the feds. Nagin linked to an article that estimates Cuban spent $20 million fighting the SEC charges even though the fines would have only amounted to about $2 million.
The retweet by Nagin, along with one earlier today dealing with God seeing people through “difficult and sometimes confusing seasons,” seem to indicate the former mayor is digging in for a fight to prove his innocence, rather than looking for a last-minute plea deal. Nagin was indicted in January on 21 felony counts, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and wire fraud.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Nagin's trial next Monday, although U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan is still considering a request from Nagin's attorney to delay the start of the trial for a third time.