Yet another big city mayor guilty of corruption: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/12/justice/louisiana-nagin-convicted/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of federal corruption charges Wednesday after a two-week trial, CNN affiliates report.
Nagin, famous for his desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina, was found guilty of 20 of the 21 counts against him, CNN affiliates WWL and WDSU said. Prosecutors accused him of taking more than $200,000 in bribes, while his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service.
Twenty of 21 counts? Wow. What is it with these big city mayors and corruption? Last week:
The mayor of New Jersey's struggling capital city was convicted of bribery, fraud and extortion Friday, joining a long list of New Jersey mayors guilty of corruption in recent years.
A federal jury found Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his brother, Ralphiel, participated in a scheme to take money in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage. The deal was fictitious and part of a government sting operation.
Tony Mack was convicted of official extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion, accepting bribes, mail fraud and wire fraud. Ralphiel Mack was convicted on the extortion and bribery counts but acquitted on the others.
And of course we have Detroit's prior mayor.
What gives? Conne, I think you should become a mayor!