August 27th, 2009
Is the axe about to drop on the Nagin administration? The Times-Picayune reported today that the U.S. Attorney’s office issued two subpoenas to a subcontractor of the Louisiana Technology Council, the firm hired by the city to find lost emails related to the crime camera controversy. (If you’ll remember, the city fired LTC when it didn’t like what it found: many emails were deleted by someone with high-level access to city computer systems. Whoops.) The subpoenas were for data LTC did retrieve, and the T-P says they’re “the clearest sign to date that a federal grand jury is zeroing in on [Nagin].”
The case is as convoluted as they come: tech vendors cozying up to Nagin and other city officials in every possible menage; a $400 per month lawn care contract; and all-expense-paid trips to Hawaii and Jamaica (the latter apparently so boring Nagin said he couldn’t remember it when questioned.) And at the center of it all, crime cameras that don’t work. Let’s hope the U.S. Attorney’s interest in the shady dealings makes some sense of the mess, even if it does nothing to shorten Nagin’s term, which is slated to end next May. But who’s counting?