Former New Orleans Mayor Indicted

    In this June 22, 2011 photo, former Mayor Ray Nagin arrives to talk about his new book, 'Katrina's Secrets,' at a news conference in New Orleans. Nagin writes in a new memoir that he was the only one to understand how to recover from Hurricane Katrina, and that he endured plots against him and incompetence around him as he set his plan in motion.  He publicly contradicted Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a move that he writes left him fearing for his life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Nagin in June 2011. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

    Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin made Big Easy history Friday by becoming the first mayor in the city’s record to be indicted by a grand jury on corruption charges. At least 21 charges, in fact, that include taking cash bribes and gifts from city contractors and abusing his power to talk Home Depot into a shady granite-installation contract. One contractor, Mark St. Pierre, for example, allegedly sent the then-mayor and his family on vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica and paid for his cellphone service in exchange for signing exclusive technology contracts with St. Pierre that reportedly allowed his software company to yield at least $7 million from City Hall.

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