Nagin first took office in 2002 and kept his position as New Orleans mayor until 2010. He was indicted on corruption charges in January of 2013. Accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from various businesses who desired tax breaks or city contracts, Nagin maintained his innocence throughout the investigation and trial and his lawyer announced that he would be appealing the court’s guilty verdict.
“Obviously, I’m surprised. Now we’re moving on to the appeal process,” defense attorney Robert Jenkins told the press following the verdict.
Nagin Found Guilty Of Bribery, Conspiracy, Fraud
Nagin was found guilty on one count of conspiracy, five counts of bribery, nine counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and four counts of filing false tax returns.
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The same could easily be said of Lee’s 2010 follow-up effort, “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise.” It premiered the same year as HBO’s New Orleans-set series, “Treme,” and includes many of the same characters. Of course, in this case, no actors are involved, with the exception of New Orleans residents such as Make it Right project creator Brad Pitt and Phyllis Morton LeBlanc, who sets the tone with a stirring poem (as she did in “Levees”). Lee catches up with several subjects from his previous film, and
Director Spike Lee closes part 2 of his second outing to shed light on the aftermath. He brings it on home with vicious strength. Exploring the lives and conditions of the towns folk that inhabit the city of New Orleans, it feels as if nothing has much changed. Still living in disarray with an unanswered Sos.
Lee cuts right in, tackling the issues of the school system and the lack there-of for it’s citizens. Unveiling N.O. as the champion, as the murder capital, as well as the increase of the crime, while the age of said crime lowers. Segueing into police brutality that connects to brutality during Katrina event. The stories of police cover-ups in the corruption is almost laughable, as it’s almost hard to believe. Followed by the issue of questionable finger pointing at Ray Nagin and his efforts in office.
Smashing abruptly to
But the saints of New Orleans go marching on, and rebuilding a city and its lives hasn't become any easier. In his four-hour update, "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," Lee revisits some of the subjects of his first film (ex-mayor Ray Nagin, former Fema director Michael Brown, and various residents), scrutinizes the area's housing crisis, finds shocking
(S01E06) Maybe it was the sperm costumes preceding the Ray Nagin diddling himself Krewe du Vieux float or the fact I've been on a necessary dose of Tylenol 3, but this episode of 'Treme' left me in good spirits.
Finally, there's a real break in the "Where is Daymo?" case. Antoine donates the Japanese fan-bought trombone to his mentor. Creighton's literary agent bears mostly good (if not predictable and exploitative) news from Random House. Albert's Indians crew has arrived and is ready to practice (and sew) for Mardi Gras. And one of my favorite moments of the show so far -- Delmond getting over himself and singing 'Shallow Water, Oh Mama' with the the Indians.
Ok, it wasn't all sweetness and light. Poor Janette. She can't ask her staff to work without pay and has nowhere to turn for a bailout, so she decides to close shop and regroup.
Jerry Falwell, the TV evangelist who died last year, comes to mind. Falwell placed partial blame for the 9/11 attacks on American gays and feminists. Then there was Falwell's infamous, "AIDs is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals."
Falwell took a beating. Even politically conservative commentators found his statements reprehensible. And long before that, most news media had Falwell relegated to the bin marked, "Nut Jobs."
It's the same bin in which filmmaker, commercial endorser, socio-political expert
The New Orleans native was handed the honour by city Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who insisted the filmmaker/playwright should be very proud of his achievements.
The Mayor said, "You are a native son. This is your city. We are proud of you. We love you, and we wish you the best."
Perry used his honour to urge those visiting New Orleans for the festival to take time to explore the city, which was left devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
He stated, "I grew up in this great city, and if you haven't been here, I encourage you to get out past the smiles of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. There's another New Orleans, faced with poverty and despair."
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