Magistrate considers Nagin's bid for report

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has asked a federal magistrate to order prosecutors to turn over a copy of a report on alleged prosecutorial misconduct before Nagin's trial on bribery charges begins.

U.S. Magistrate Alma Chasez didn't rule on Nagin's request during a hearing Monday. But she expressed skepticism that the former mayor is entitled to the report, prepared in a separate case by federal prosecutor John Horn.

Nagin lawyer Robert Jenkins argues it wouldn't be fair to try his client without more information about Horn's probe of anonymous online comments posted by at least three federal prosecutors. Nagin was the subject of anonymous posts by prosecutor Sal Perricone, who was a top deputy to former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Nagin's trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 28.

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