NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After a day's delay, deliberations have resumed in the federal corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
Jurors got the case Monday afternoon. They had deliberated about three hours when they broke for the night. An unspecified medical problem affecting one juror cancelled Tuesday's deliberations. The juror returned and deliberations resumed Wednesday morning.
Nagin faces a 21-count indictment. Prosecutors allege he took bribes worth more than $500,000 in a string of criminal acts that began before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and continued during the recovery.
The defense argued that the prosecution case was built on testimony from businessmen who entered plea deals and told prosecutors what they wanted to hear in hopes of getting light sentences.