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Posted: Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:44PM

Prosecutors unhappy with Nagin's 10 year sentence



The federal prosecutors who convinced a jury that former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is guilty are not happy with the ten-year sentence imposed today by U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan.

Nagin could have received more than 20 years for his convictions on charges of bribery, fraud and money laundering.  The sentence was much lighter than most court observers had anticipated.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman obviously wanted more time and had asked Judge Berrigan for a stiff sentence.

''What Ray Nagin did was sell his office over and over and over again,'' said Coman.

Listen to the comments from prosecutor Matthew Coman:


Coman objected to the 10 year sentence as inappropriate, and a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines for the crimes committed.

''The damage that C. Ray Nagin inflicted on this community is incalculable," said Coman.

There is still the possibility of an appeal. Nagin was ordered to report to the prison at Oakdale in two months. The former mayor and his defense team left the courthouse without saying anything.

Click here to read the judge's statements on her rationale for Nagin's sentence.

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