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Prosecution rests ex-Orleans mayor’s bribery trial

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 2:02 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have rested their corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

It is now up to defense lawyers to counter five days of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including five who said they were involved in bribing Nagin.

The final witness was a financial analyst for the U.S. Attorney's Office who discussed her examination of documents indicating Nagin got $511,000 in money, travel, cellular phone service, granite for his family business and other benefits.

Defense lawyer Robert Jenkins has tried to attack the credibility of witnesses testifying under plea agreements. And he has said there is no direct proof indicating Nagin traded benefits for money or services.

Nagin was mayor from 2002 until 2010, including the tumultuous period during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was indicted after leaving office.