Ray Nagin, convicted former New Orleans mayor, gets more time to file appeal briefs



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NEW ORLEANS — Federal public defenders have been granted more time to work on the appeal for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence for corruption.

Briefs in Nagin's appeal had been due Monday, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pushed back the deadline to April 9.

The Federal Public Defender's office sought a delay. The office noted that its lawyers had not represented Nagin in his 2014 trial and were having to prepare an appeal in a complex case with limited access to Nagin by mail and telephone.

Federal prosecutors did not object to the delay, which was granted last week.

Public defenders were appointed to the case last year after Nagin's previous attorney, Robert Jenkins, said the former mayor was unable to pay him.

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