This morning kicked off the beginning of former Mayor Ray Nagin’s corruption trial. He faces 21 felony counts for corruption including bribery, fraud and conspiracy. WGNO Anchor Erin Nicole reports live from Federal Court.
Today is day one of jury selection and the former Mayor arrived at the courthouse just after 8am.
He entered with Attorney Robert Jenkins, limping through a massive media crowd. When asked about his limp he said “it’s fine”, when asked about the trial he made it clear he would not comment. Neither did Jenkins except to say that he and his team of lawyers were prepared for this trial. With Judge Berrigan presiding, 12 jurors and four alternates will be chosen over the next few days. Each day of the jury selection process, 75 prospective jurors will be examined in groups. The prosecution get 6 challenges and the defense gets 10 challenges to strike people from the jury. Jury selection is expected to last 2 to 3 days.