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Prosecution rests in N.O. mayor’s bribery trial

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 2:29 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The defense is getting its turn in the corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

The prosecution has rested and, with the trial set to resume Thursday, defense lawyers are faced with countering five days of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including five who said they were involved in bribing Nagin.

Defense lawyer Robert Jenkins has tried to attack the credibility of witnesses testifying under plea agreements. And, while cross examining prosecution witnesses, he has stressed that there's 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.