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Ex-New Orleans mayor testifies in bribery case

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Posted: Feb 7, 2014 10:13 AM
Updated: Feb 7, 2014 3:00 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: ray nagin, new orleans mayor, corruption trial

NEW ORLEANS - A federal prosecutor used city government credit card receipts and former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's appointment calendar to demonstrate that Nagin charged numerous expensive private meals to the city.

Near the end of two tense days for Nagin on the witness stand, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman showed evidence Friday of city-paid meals for birthday dinners, Valentine's Day dinners and a meal with the landlord for a Nagin family business.

The trial has adjourned until Monday.

Nagin said he couldn't recall details of the meals. But he said charges were justified because he was often approached at restaurants by people wanting to discuss city business.

Nagin, a Democrat, faces charges including bribery, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

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