Judge calls Nagin defense and prosecutors to court
Dave Cohen Reporting
The judge hearing the corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has called prosecutors and the defense to courthouse today.
Nagin is supposed to go to trial in October. Today's proceedings are called a status conference.
"The judge has just summoned the lawyers for the government and for Mr. Nagin to her chambers," explained Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino. "It really is just an effort by the court to assess the situation."
Ciolino says the key concern is finding out if both sides on track for the trial in two months. He says this is a normal thing for judges to do.
"They want to move cases along, but of course they don't want to move a case along that needs more preparation by either the government or the defense."
The feds say Nagin took bribes in exchange for city contracts.
He turned down a government plea deal, insisting he did nothing wrong and says he's not guilty.