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Ex-mayor pushes for lenient sentence

Posted: July 8, 2014 at 3:48 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS -- Two days before former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin learns his punishment for convictions stemming from years of corruption before and after Hurricane Katrina, his lawyer was hoping to avoid what he calls a "virtual life sentence" for the man once seen as a reformer.

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President Barack Obama, center, speaks about education during a lunch meeting with teachers, Monday, July 7, 2014, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, Justin Minkel of Arkansas; Leslie Ross of Greensboro, N.C.; Obama, and Dwight Davis of Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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