Ray Nagin's sentencing delayed due to court conflict

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Sentencing for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been delayed for a second time.

Sentencing was originally set for June 11. However, it was later pushed to July 2 at the request of Nagin's defense attorney.

Now, due to a conflict in the court's calendar, Nagin is set for July 9 at 10 a.m.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been found guilty on 20 of 21 counts in his federal corruption trial, including bribery, money laundering and fraud.

The trial started with jury selection Jan. 27. From there, the case took several unusual turns. An ice storm delayed the trial for two days. After that, there were seven days of testimony, including a test exchange between Nagin and prosecutors. After closing arguments, deliberations were postponed for one day when a juror did not show up because of medical reasons.

Prosecutors said Nagin took money, free vacations and trips, and truck loads of granite for Stone Age. Nagin denied taking bribes or giving out city contracts in exchange for favors.

Nagin said the bribes were actually investments. He also denied allegations that he helped Home Depot open a store in New Orleans in exchange for steering business to Stone Age.

Nagin was considered a political outsider when he was elected mayor in 2002. He held the office until he was term limited out in 2010.

Nagin could be sentenced to as many as 20-years in prison.

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