Nagin takes stand in federal trial
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand to defend himself in his federal corruption trial.
Nagin began his testimony by discussing his relationship with Rodney Williams. Williams was the first witness for the prosecution when the trial began last week. Four others followed, testifying they were also involved in bribing Nagin in return for city contracts.
Nagin was indicted on 21 criminal counts after leaving office in 2010.
Prosecutors say Nagin was involved in corruption schemes during his two terms as mayor, including the period after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
The city had a number of lucrative rebuilding jobs after the devastation of Katrina.