Declaring that corruption flourished during Ray Nagin’s two terms as mayor of New Orleans, a federal prosecutor began outlining a far-reaching, multifaceted scheme Thursday in which Nagin allegedly received money, free vacation travel and free granite for his family business— bribes worth more than $500,000 — for helping contractors receive millions of dollars’ worth of city work.
The last of a dozen Texas Mexican Mafia members convicted in a conspiracy and corruption ring has been sentenced to prison.
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will star on a new cable TV show alongside the woman he married after his release from federal prison on a corruption conviction.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, whose successful prosecution of a former Louisiana governor and numerous other public officials won him bipartisan praise for more than a decade, resigned Thursday while the Justice Department investigates alleged misconduct by his top deputies.
It’s almost to the point that the easiest way to spot a corrupt politician is to see who’s winning in Chicago.