Jury breaks until Tuesday in Nagin bribery case
NEW ORLEANS - The jury in the corruption case of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has ended deliberations for the night.
Jurors began deliberations at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and broke for the evening after more than three hours of deliberations. There was no indication when they might reach a verdict in the case, which involves 21 criminal counts.
In closing arguments, prosecutors said testimony and evidence shows Nagin was "on the take" during his two terms. They said the crimes began in his first term and continued even after the catastrophic flooding accompanying Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nagin's lawyer told the jurors that key prosecution witnesses' credibility is in question because of deals they made with prosecutors.