By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
Updated 10:51 a.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2012
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A businessman has pleaded guilty to plotting to bribe a former New Orleans public official to steer work his way.
Rodney Williams entered the federal plea Wednesday.
Court papers just refer to Public Official A, but his tenure matches former Mayor Ray Nagin's term in office. Williams' attorney Ralph Capitelli wouldn't identify the official. But he said, "it would be the worst investigative reporter on the planet who couldn't figure out who Public Official A is."
Two businessmen have already pleaded guilty to bribing 'Public Official A'. I believe there are others being investigated and it won't be long before those cases are made public.
I work in downtown New Orleans in a highrise building right next to the building where all the federal court cases are tried. There are so many federal investigators and justice department officials in NO these days that they are scattered around the city. A bunch of them work in my building. Rumor has it that an entire floor in my building is dedicated solely to investigating Ray Nagin.
What a shame. When he was first elected I thought he would do great things for the city . . . turns out, he is no better than his criminal predecessors. Sad.