Court filings exposed vendor-paid vacations for Mayor Ray Nagin and
his former technology chief, Greg Meffert. That pushed U.S. Attorney
Jim Letten into a rare public acknowledgment of a federal criminal
investigation at City Hall; Meffert, in turn, announced he's a target
of the probe. At least three potential witnesses invoked their Fifth
Amendment right against self-incrimination, or signaled they would do
so if forced to testify. And as Judge Rose Ledet watched, lawyers
nearly came to blows in her courtroom.
And that was just the pretrial activity.
Today, it starts for real, and it could go on for the next three weeks.
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