News that a federal grand jury is investigating former Mayor Ray Nagin hit like a bombshell last week. That’s the subject of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
It comes as no surprise that the feds are investigating Ray Nagin. The former mayor was surrounded by the stink of corruption even before he left office. Several of his former top aides and favored contractors have since been convicted of federal criminal charges. All now are said to be cooperating with the feds.
For Nagin’s many critics, an indictment cannot come soon enough. They should remember that the feds move slowly in public corruption cases. Building a solid case against a high-profile defendant always takes time.
Nagin responded to news of the grand jury with his hallmark arrogance and insouciance. He all but accused the feds of pressuring witnesses to lie.
The former mayor would do well to recognize that this is a criminal matter, not a political campaign. Trash talking your opponents is not a good idea when your opponents are federal prosecutors.
Meanwhile, let’s all remember that Nagin has not been charged with anything. And if he is indicted at some point, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
That said, there’s definitely enough smoke around Nagin to warrant the feds looking for fire.
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