A federal judge on Wednesday agreed with the attorney for Ray Nagin, declaring that the former New Orleans mayor can not afford a lawyer and should have a public defender handle his appeal.
Attorney Robert Jenkins is being allowed to withdraw from the case.
In July, Nagin filed a formal notice of appeal in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years. He was convicted in February on charges including conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. The charges stem from his two terms as mayor from 2002 to 2010 - including the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.
Nagin is scheduled to report to a federal prison on Sept. 8.