Judge denies request to delay Nagin’s corruption trial

On Friday afternoon, Federal Judge Helen Berrigan denied former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin’s request to delay his corruption trial.

Judge Berrigan cited “the utterly juvenile postings by various prosecutors and how much they demeaned their high offices” in her decision, “but an indictment, as the jury will be told, is not evidence of guilt. The jury, and only the jury, will decide whether the defendant is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The full text of Judge Berrigan’s decision:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CRIMINAL ACTION

VERSUS NO. 13-11

C. RAY NAGIN, ETC. SECTION: C

ORDER

IT IS ORDERED that the motion for continuance of trial date filed by the defendanat is

DENIED. Rec. Doc. 27. The Court will consider a motion for a brief continuance if justified

on other grounds recognized under 18 U.S.C. ยง3161. If the defendant seeks any discovery, a

motion to that effect must be filed in accordance with the Local Rules.

The Court acknowledges the utterly juvenile postings by various prosecutors and how

much they demeaned their high offices in doing so. But an indictment, as the jury will be told,

is not evidence of guilt. The jury, and only the jury, will decide whether the defendant is

proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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HELEN G. BERRIGAN

UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE