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Judge won’t drop Nagin bribery charges

NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asked a federal judge Wednesday to throw out his indictment on bribery charges, saying the case has been tainted by prosecutorial misconduct.

The alleged misconduct includes anonymous online posts about Nagin by a former federal prosecutor, said Nagin’s lawyer, Robert Jenkins.

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The former mayor pleaded not guilty in February to charges he accepted bribes, free trips, and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.

Jenkins asked for a copy of a sealed Justice Department report on anonymous comments by at least three federal prosecutors, but a US district judge rejected the request.

Jenkins argued in a court filing there is also other evidence of prosecutorial misconduct that will deprive his client of a fair trial. The trial is scheduled to start on Oct. 28, but Jenkins asked Berrigan to postpone it, saying he needs more time to prepare.

Nagin was the subject of anonymous posts by a former prosecutor, who resigned after acknowledging his online activities.

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