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Ex-New Orleans mayor's bribery trial to resume Thursday

NEW ORLEANS — Jury selection for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's trial on corruption charges is scheduled to resume Thursday at noon.

The selection process began on Monday, but a blast of winter weather closed the federal courthouse in New Orleans for two days.

After questioning 60 prospective jurors on Monday, U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan said she needs to speak with one more member of the pool before the panel can be seated.

Nagin is charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.

The charges in his 21-count indictment, including bribery and wire fraud, are the product of a City Hall investigation that already has resulted in several convictions or guilty pleas by former Nagin associates.

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