Supporters: 'Katrina Fatigue' caused Nagin's corruption
NEW ORLEANS- A minister, and former president of the Southern Baptists, joined more than two dozen others in writing a federal judge seeking leniency for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The Rev. Fred Luter believes Hurricane Katrina profoundly affected Nagin, who will be sentenced in July on corruption charges. The Associated Press reported Friday, Luter called Nagin "a good and decent man who made unwise choices."
Nagin family members and some former members of his staff also wrote on his behalf. The letters include a hand-printed note from a grandson of Nagin.
Nagin, who served as mayor of New Orleans from 2001-2010, was convicted in February on 20 criminal counts including bribery, fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors said the crimes occurred before and after Katrina struck in 2005. The charges carry sentences of up to 20 years.
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