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NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during its darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, will be thrust back into the spotlight this week when he goes on trial in a corruption case that mushroomed at the end of his eight-year tenure.
Even before the allegations, Nagin’s popularity steadily eroded as the city struggled to recover from Katrina’s devastation, and he has kept a low profile since leaving office in 2010.
Nagin was living in a Dallas suburb when a grand jury indicted him a year ago on charges he accepted free trips and more than $200,000 in bribes from contractors in exchange for helping them secure lucrative city contracts.
The investigation has already produced convictions or guilty pleas by former Nagin associates.