NEW ORLEANS — A medical issue with a juror halted deliberations Tuesday in the public corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, a one-day delay after the jury began discussing the trial for three hours on Monday afternoon.
The jury will regroup Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., when deliberations are set to resume with the juror who could not attend Tuesday.
A delay of this nature is very unusual for jury deliberations in a high profile case like this.
The judge, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, decided it was better at this point to keep the original 12 jurors intact rather than replacing the juror with one of the four alternates.
When the jury does come back together, it will have 21 charges to consider. Once they decide on each count, the results will be read line-by-line in open court.
Count one is the conspiracy count.
Federal prosecutors claim Nagin conspired with his two sons and a long list of city vendors to create a scheme to defraud the citizens of New Orleans of his honest services as mayor.
As part of the charge, federal prosecutors allege 59 overt acts between June 2004 and August 2010.
Counts 2-7 are the bribery charges.
They include $72,250 from city contractor Rodney Williams, as well as two free granite deliveries and a $50,000 dollar payoff from businessmen Frank Fradella and Michael McGath.
Counts 8-16 are the honest services wire fraud charges.
They allege Ray Nagin took a series of nine $12,500 consulting fees from Fradella and his business partner Michael Samuel.
Prosecutors said the payments were meant to take care of Nagin after he left office.
Count 17 is an alleged money laundering conspiracy.
Prosecutors claim Nagin and others allegedly tried to disguise or convert payments to hide their illegality.
Counts 18-21 allege Nagin filed false tax returns from 2005 through 2008.
During the trial prosecutors showed how Nagin may have under-reported his income by as much as $342,000 through the personal use of his city of New Orleans credit card, free travel, free lodging near Dallas after Hurricane Katrina and payments from his good friend David White.