No extra hearing for Nagin sentencing argument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's request for a hearing devoted to arguments that he should be given a lighter sentence on corruption charges than the one recommended by prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan denied the request in a brief order Monday, saying the motion can be heard July 9, at the hearing already set for Nagin's sentencing.

Nagin was convicted in February on charges including bribery, fraud and money laundering stemming from his two terms as mayor. Some of the charges carry possible 20-year prison terms.

Prosecutors' sentencing recommendations have not been made public. However, Nagin attorney Robert Jenkins' motion for a lighter sentence indicated they have recommended a sentence of at least 20 years.

Nagin, a Democrat, served two terms from 2001-2010.

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