Ex-Orleans mayor tells jury he took no payoffs
By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press February 6, 2014 12:36PM
Updated: February 6, 2014 2:55PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been giving jurors in his corruption trial a calm, point-by-point defense against allegations that he took hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes during and after his two terms, which ended in 2010.
He denied knowing that one city vendor had paid for his 2004 Hawaiian vacation. He says businessmen Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams each invested in his family granite business without influencing their separate dealings with the city.
Nagin also denied that Fradella discussed city business with him after arranging a private jet flight to a Saints game in Chicago in 2007.
Nagin took the stand Thursday morning after days of testimony from prosecution witnesses, five of whom said they were involved in bribing Nagin.