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Nagin convicted on 20 counts

Wednesday - 2/12/2014, 6:01pm  ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin still insists he's innocent -- but a federal jury has convicted him on charges of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in work for the city -- including some of the recovery work from Hurricane Katrina.

The Democrat, who served during Katrina and left office after eight years in 2010, was found guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him. Each charge carries a sentence from three to 20 years.

Prosecutors say Nagin took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including money, free travel and granite for a family business.

Nagin testified that key witnesses had lied, and the prosecutors misinterpreted evidence.

As he and his attorney left the courthouse, walking with a throng of reporters, Nagin said, "I maintain my innocence."

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254-c-19-(Kevin McGill, AP correspondent)-"his sons owned"-AP correspondent Kevin McGill reports the jury apparently agreed with prosecutors' allegations, that Nagin accepted payoffs for securing city contracts. (12 Feb 2014)

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252-c-22-(Kevin McGill, AP correspondent)-"detention pending sentencing"-AP correspondent Kevin McGill reports the jury has issued a verdict in the federal corruption trial of Ray Nagin, who was the mayor of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. (12 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO LAGH103: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court after his conviction in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Nagin was convicted Wednesday on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office, including right after Hurricane Katrina. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (12 Feb 2014)

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