NEW ORLEANS - The corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been delayed by three weeks, following a request from the defendant.
Nagin had initially requested a delay until December, but received a trial date of Oct. 28. The trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 7.
Nagin, 56, was indicted on 21 federal corruption counts earlier this year.
He is charged with a sweeping conspiracy count that includes 59 overt acts, including taking payoffs totaling at least $235,000, not including free granite deliveries that our sources say were worth hundreds of thousands more.
Rodney Williams is preparing to testify against Nagin in the upcoming trial. He's the former head of Three Fold Consultants, which managed street projects for the city. He allegedly made payments to Nagin's counter top business in exchange for getting several city contracts.
The other bribery charges deal with a $50,000 payment by city contractor Frank Fradella, though his associate Michael McGrath, to Nagin's granite countertop business, Stone Age LLC. Two more bribery counts deal with deliveries of granite Fradella arranged for Stone Age from Tampa, Fla., to New Orleans.
The indictment also includes nine counts of honest services wire fraud for the nine monthly payments of $12,500 each from Fradella to Nagin for consulting services after he left office -- a total of $112,500. There is also a single count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of filing false tax returns from 2005 to 2008.
Nagin’s sons Jeremy Nagin and Jarin Nagin were not indicted but still face exposure. They are mentioned in the indictment as Family Members 1 and 2. As does his wife Seletha Nagin because of the charge involving false tax returns. The sons' attorney, Clarence Roby Jr., declined to comment but has recently said that prosecutors had not approached his clients.
According to court documents, the trial should last two weeks and sides will continue to "work towards a resolution of this matter."