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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin loses appeal of his conviction

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Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has failed in his bid to to have some of the convictions on many of the 20 counts of bribery, wire fraud and money laundering thrown out.

In a brief ruling issued Thursday, the three judge appellate panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected the appeal.

Nagin's attorneys had argued that Federal District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan erred when instructing jurors about the federal law dealing with honest services. They wanted nine convictions related to honest services fraud thrown out.

 Nagin is serving 10 years in prison after being convicted on 20 counts that included  bribery, wire fraud and money laundering.

Federal prosecutors argued Nagin took money and expensive gifts from business people seeking lucrative city hall contracts.

During his trial Nagin took the stand in his own defense, arguing that he did nothing wrong.

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