Hearing in Ray Nagin corruption case set for Thursday

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former Mayor C. Ray Nagin enters the U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans where he faces corruption charges Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Attorney Robert Jenkins is at left.
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former Mayor C. Ray Nagin enters the U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans where he faces corruption charges Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Attorney Robert Jenkins is at left.

A status hearing is set for Thursday in former Mayor Ray Nagin’s federal corruption case.

It’s not clear what prompted the hearing, which appeared in the court docket Tuesday. The hearing will be held in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who is overseeing the case — meaning it won’t be open to the public.

Nagin’s case is set for trial Oct. 7, although there have been hints that it will be continued. WWL-TV reported last week that, while the prosecution has been preparing for trial, the government recently unloaded a pile of documents on the former mayor as part of the discovery process, and that Nagin is likely to seek a delay.

No motion has been filed into the court record. The docket has been remarkably quiet in the case since the indictment charging the former mayor with 21 counts of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion was handed up in January.

Also on Tuesday, the sentencing date for a key witness in the Nagin case was postponed until January.

Rodney Williams, a former principal in Three Fold Consultants who admitted bribing Nagin in exchange for the mayor steering contracts to his firm, is now set to be sentenced Jan. 29 by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan.