Ray Nagin has shown no remorse for his crimes, lied to investigators and “willfully” perjured himself at trial, according to federal prosecutors. As such, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan should sentence him harshly, they said in court papers filed Tuesday (July 1).
Nagin, convicted on 20 counts of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, had asked Berrigan to show leniency in the face of federal guidelines that recommend he be sentenced to no less than 20 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman, in a fiery 43-page brief, methodically makes that case that Nagin should do every day of that 20-year sentence, if not more. Nagin’s sentencing is scheduled for July 9.
After restating the ways Nagin profited from his office — the checks, the shipments of granite, the lavish vacations, the private jet travel, all paid for by those seeking favor from City Hall — Coman starts in on the reasons Nagin should receive the maximum penalty for those crimes.
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