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Continued: A 10-year sentence closes the Ray Nagin chapter of New Orleans corruption

  • Article by: KEVIN MCGILL , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 10, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Prosecutors objected to the sentence but said a decision on whether to appeal will be made later by the Solicitor General in Washington.

From the bench, Berrigan noted that, at 58, Nagin is unlikely to return to public life — or a life of crime. She recommended that he serve his sentence at Oakdale and assigned a Sept. 8 reporting date.

On the streets of New Orleans on Wednesday, some said Nagin's corruption merited harsher punishment.

"He was stealing," said Keith Harris of suburban Gretna, repairing a sidewalk near the courthouse. "After Katrina when people were looting, he sent them to jail. He was looting. He should have been in there too. ... He got some of my money. He got some of your money too."

Jay Nickle, at the front desk in an office tower near the courthouse, saw it differently. "We all make mistakes," she said. "He's going to learn from his."

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