Friends, family members, even former New Orleans city hall officials have written letters to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, asking her to be lenient when she sentences convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin next month.
Nagin faces a possible 20 years in prison after being found guilty of taking bribes and kickbacks from city contractors. A jury convicted him on 20 out of 21 counts.
Among former administration officials who wrote on behalf of Nagin are his former chief administrative officer Brenda Hatfield, former fire chief Charles Parent, and former city health director Dr. Kevin Stephens.
Other notable names include the Rev. Fred Luter, the first black pastor to serve as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Nagin's sentencing is currently scheduled for July 9.