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180 Degree Plea Could Implicate Nagin

St Charles Parish businessman Rodney Williams pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to bribing a City of New Orleans public official.  But Wednesday, Williams will make a 180.

“He’ll change his plea to guilty, and we’ll have a limited comment tomorrow,” said Williams’ defense attorney, Ralph Capitelli.

Williams is accused of bribing a public official in exchange for city business.  If Williams tells the feds that he gave the money to Ray Nagin when he was mayor, Williams could be the second person to make such a claim this year.

In June, businessman Frank Fradella pleaded guilty to bribing a public official who was only identified as “Public Official A” in court documents.

Ray Nagin has not been charged or implicated by federal prosecutors.  Following Fradella’s guilty plea, United States Attorney Jim Letten said it would be improper to identify “Public Official A”.

“It’s not that I can’t.  I won’t,” Letten said.

But Fradella’s attorney all but used Nagin’s name.

“If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck,” said attorney Randy Smith.

At about the same time Williams was at federal court Tuesday, former mayor Ray Nagin was hitting the social media.  Nagin retweeted minister Joel Osteen’s statement, “You are not who they say you are.  You are who God says you are.”

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