Robert Jenkins, Attorney for Ray Nagin, Requests Removal from Case because Former Mayor Has No Money to Pay for Appeal

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, and his wife Seletha and attorney Robert Jenkins, walk out of federal court in New Orleans after being sentenced to 10 years at Oakdale, LA. a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan for bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and tax evasion. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (Photo by David Grunfeld, Nola.com |The Times-Picayune))
Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, and his wife Seletha and attorney Robert Jenkins, walk out of federal court in New Orleans after being sentenced to 10 years at Oakdale, LA. a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Helen “Ginger” Berrigan for bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and tax evasion. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (Photo by David Grunfeld, Nola.com |The Times-Picayune))

The attorney who represented Ray Nagin at trial has asked to withdraw from the case, saying the former New Orleans mayor has no money to pay for the legal work on an appeal. 

New Orleans attorney Robert Jenkins asked to be removed from Nagin’s case in a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

“The defendant in this matter is indigent and is not able to pay the cost that are associated with the appellate process,” Jenkins wrote.

“Therefore undersigned counsel, respectfully request his honorable court to appoint the Federal Public Defender’s Office to represent Defendant Clarence Ray Nagin, in his appeal to the Fifth Circuit.”

Jenkins didn’t return a message seeking comment.

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Source: Times-Picayune | Andy Grimm, NOLA.com

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