NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana residents are not surprised by today's top trending topic. The trial and verdict for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin enticed an online frenzy with the majority of comments supporting the jury's decision for the federal case.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Nagin was found guilty on 20 of 21 counts, including bribery, money laundering and fraud. The jury deliberated for a total of seven hours.
"He had to of been prepared for it but if he knew it, he should of cut his deal," Kevin Kibler tweeted in response to Nagin's reaction to the verdict.
A grand jury indicted Nagin one year ago for bribery, fraud and money laundering charges. For most New Orleans-residents, today's verdict was the final chapter to a story that began unfolding years before the indictment.
"Regardless of what side you're on – this is an embarrassment to our city. #timetomoveon," Daisy Kane tweeted.
"Strange mix of feelings. Crimes petty, pathetic, sad, but glad to have that chapter closed for the city. She deserves better," Gillian Virginia tweeted.
Only one charge came back "not guilty." That charge alleged that Nagin was bribed with granite for his family's company Stone Age LLC.
"Oh Ray, Ray, Ray. Didn't anybody ever tell you not to take people for granite..?" Kelleigh Crowley tweeted.
Similar joke tweets and puns related to Nagin's infamous comment during Hurricane Katrina where he referred to New Orleans as the "chocolate city."
"Wonder if the 'Chocolate City' will have a 'Chocolate Jail?'... enjoy your stay" Kevin Kibler tweeted.
Others focused on the irony of Nagin's platform from his 2002 campaign.
"Ironically, Nagin's first bid for New Orleans Mayor hinged on stamping out corruption in the city," Eddie L. Brown, Jr. tweeted.
It seemed, however, that everyone had something to say. Below are some of the best verdict reactions posted on Twitter.
"How quick can Krewe D'Etat update their Nagin float?" Donnie tweeted.
"Nagin's next stop: Running for political office in Chicago - early polls have him up 10% in all Dem primaries," Hank Reardon tweeted.
"They could send him to prison but isn't he already living in Dallas?" Shooks tweeted.
"Twenty for twenty-one. Even Drew Brees doesn't put up numbers like that," Bill Loehfelm tweeted.
"If the Mayor was for sale ... the Judge just put him on Layaway," Decker tweeted.