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Jury to resume deliberations in ex-mayor's case

1 year ago February 11, 2014 Feb 11, 2014 Tuesday, February 11 2014 Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:21:27 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Jury deliberations in the complex 21-count criminal case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will resume after an overnight break.

The jury broke for the evening Monday after hearing closing arguments in the morning and deliberating for more than three hours in the afternoon. They're expected to get back to work on the case Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors claim Nagin took bribes worth more than $500,000 in a string of alleged crimes that began before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and continued during the recovery from the catastrophic storm.

Defense attorney Robert Jenkins said the prosecution misled jurors with a case largely built on testimony from businessmen who entered plea deals in the case and told prosecutors what they wanted to hear in hopes of getting light sentences.

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