Bribery trial opens for ex-New Orleans mayor

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NEW ORLEANS — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of former mayor Ray Nagin, who faces charges that he accepted bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.

Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina stuck in 2005, served two terms before leaving office in 2010. He was living in a Dallas suburb when a federal grand jury indicted him a year ago.

Nagin had little to say as he entered the federal courthouse with a noticeable limp.

A total of 39 potential jurors were screened Monday and sent home by US District Judge Helen Berrigan to await her final empaneling decision.

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