Former Mayor Ray Nagin and his defense attorney will have an additional three weeks to prepare for Nagin’s corruption trial. The extra time followed a closed-door meeting in the judge’s chamber in the case that included defense attorney Robert Jenkins and federal prosecutors.
According to court documents, Jenkins asked for a delay of 30 days or more. Instead, the trial date was changed to October 28, a three-week delay.
“Well we selected the date. So we all are okay with the date we selected,” Jenkins said outside the courthouse following the meeting.
Nagin is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for business with the city.
Some of the accusations include a granite company that the Nagin family owned and operated following Hurricane Katrina. Although it was a family business, only the former mayor faces charges in connection with its operation.
When asked if Nagin could cut a plea deal, Jenkins did not confirm or deny.
“We cannot discuss anything about plea agreements, trials, taxes, anything of that nature. The only thing I can tell you is that it’s still scheduled for trial.”