Former Mayor Ray Nagin Reports to Prison!!
Some of my friends don’t understand why Nagin got 10 years. They feel he should be serving 3-5 years. What they fail to understand is that Nagin was New Orleans’ mayor for two terms and that earned him an extra five. The higher the position, the more the government tries to make an example out of you. It’s just that simple.
He’s at a minimum security federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, near the Frisco, Texas subdivision where he lives. His family came with him when he reported, and they will be seeing a more of him because of their proximity. That is a wonderful thing, many families are too far away from their incarcerated loved ones to see them at all or very often.
It’s obvious that Nagin still doesn’t think he’s guilty. His jury didn’t agree. He’s embraced religion at this time in his life. That’s understandable. Last weekend, Nagin posted a quote from Christian motivational speaker Joel Osteen in his Twitter feed- Whatever you face in life, if you will hold your peace and remain at rest, God promises He will fight your battles.
Another sad fact about this case is Nagin is broke. His attorney quit his appeal, stating he wasn’t working for free. His Nagin Legal Defense fund, managed by a third party, has $30 in the bank. While working for Cox in New Orleans, Nagin was earning roughly $7,500 per week!
Another top Nagin official and one involved crook are having a big week also. A former top lieutenant, Greg Meffert, was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon. The judge made the point that Meffert testimony was key to building the case against Nagin,
Also last week, former city technology vendor Mark St. Pierre had his 17 year sentence reduced to five years, a great deal for St. Pierre. He helped prosecutors move along several cases.