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Feb 5, 2014 12:41 PM by AP

Nagin's trial focuses on 2008 calendar entries

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A tale of two calendars has unfolded in federal court as prosecutors pressed the case that Ray Nagin sought and accepted bribes when he was mayor of New Orleans.

Television reporter Lee Zurik testified Wednesday about efforts to obtain Nagin's meeting calendars from 2008. Initially, Zurik received pages with entries blacked out or blank. Then Zurik said that under orders from a judge, he was given a calendar with entries showing numerous meetings at different times with businessmen including Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams. Both men have said they bribed Nagin to get city backing for projects.

In cross-examination, defense lawyer Robert Jenkins made the point that the city turned over the calendars, noting there is no evidence that Nagin made the changes. Nagin, a Democrat, was mayor from 2002 to 2010.

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