Nagin, prosecutors seek delay in April trial
NEW ORLEANS- Both sides in the federal criminal case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin are asking for a delay in a trial currently set for April 29.
The joint prosecution and defense motion was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.
In January, Nagin was charged in a 21-count indictment accusing him of accepting more than $200,000 in bribes plus free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure work for the city. He has pleaded not guilty.
The 56-year-old Democrat was mayor from 2002-2010.
Friday's motion says the case is complex and involves extensive electronic and documentary records. It says it would be unreasonable to expect attorneys to adequately prepare for trial by April 29, or for an April 16 pretrial conference.
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