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Nagin attorney working on appeal and possible bombshell

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Ray Nagin hit Twitter Thursday with a message.

"Praying 4 prosecutors, government witnesses, jurors...God still in control."

Meantime, his attorney is trying to get control of the appeals process, saying there could be some type of bombshell.

Nagin is now headed back to Dallas, where he will remain on home incarceration after his conviction on corruption charges.

It may be an uphill battle, but Nagin's lawyer is hinting that there could be some type of bombshell that could assist Nagin in his appeal.

The day after one of the biggest verdicts in New Orleans history, the attorney for the former mayor is thinking appeal.

"I promise you that if it's what we think it is...it's a bombshell," said attorney Robert Jenkins.

Jenkins believes there may be findings in the Horn report into allegations of wrongdoing in the U.S. Attorney's office that could help Nagin's chances.

"We believe they did some things that tainted the grand jury process that tainted the indictment," said Jenkins.

That report is being kept under wraps by Judge Kurt Englehardt, but Jenkins says there could be other issues for an appeal based on objections at trial, and other possible irregularities.

"There are many objections, and those appeals are based on those," Jenkins said.

But legal analysts say that could be tough.

"It looked like a clean case, and I don't believe this building the fifth circuit is going to overturn this verdict," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.

Jury forewoman Bridget Leblanc agrees.

"There was a lot of things there I found the prosecutors to be top notch, and ran the show perfectly."

Before any appeal is filed, Jenkins says he must wait for Nagin to be sentenced.

And as Nagin walked out of court Wednesday he said, "I maintain my innocence."

That statement could cause some problems for the former mayor, who must maintain his innocence for the appeal, while at the same time showing some remorse to try and get as light a sentence as possible.

"It could be in the range of 9 to 11 years, but it could go up and down," said Jenkins.

Right now, the federal probation officers are conducting a pre-sentencing investigation, which could take into account Nagin's ill gotten gains.

"I think he will be in the teens. 15 years is a good guess," said Raspanti.

For now at least, Nagin's attorney is glad the ordeal is over, especially after numerous threats that required extra security around court.

"You had people writing letters and making threats. Racial stuff, it was pretty bad...to you...to myself and Mr. Nagin," said Jenkins.

With the trial now over, and Nagin returned to Dallas, Jenkins will now work to minimize the sentence to be imposed in June.

Jenkins says Nagin is doing okay, but his family is upset.

Nagin will remain under home incarceration pending sentencing, which means he can leave to go to church, or meet with his lawyers, but he's not free to do things like go to the movies, or go to a coffee shop.

Jenkins says Nagin is doing okay, but his family is upset.

Nagin will remain under home incarceration pending sentencing, which means he can leave to go to church, or meet with his lawyers, but he's not free to do things like go to the movies, or go to a coffee shop.

 

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