Nagin convicted of taking bribes

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NEW ORLEANS — Former News Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the storm.

The federal jury deliberated for about six and a half hours before finding Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him. He sat quietly at the defense table after the verdict was read and his wife, Seletha, was being consoled in the front row.

Nagin, 57, could be facing 20 years or more under federal sentencing guidelines. He will remain free on bond but was placed under home detention until sentencing, which was set for June 11.

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