Ray Nagin Ethical Dilemmas

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Ray Nagin-New Orleans mayor Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been convicted of bribery, money laundering, and other corruption charges (Associated Press 2014). He allegedly took thousands of dollars, went on free vacations and trips, and was given truckloads of granite for his family business (Associated Press 2014). Ray was mayor after the hectic Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana in 2005 and destroyed most of New Orleans (Associated Press 2014). He had fought so hard for the federal government to help New Orleans in their time of need, yet he was making unethical choices governing the city. I find this very interesting and disturbing since, who is to know if his fight was for the people of New Orleans or for himself and his family. In the time of crisis, Ray was the voice of reason and well respected for his devotion to the city. In spite of that, he has made a bad name for himself based on my opinion. He denies any wrong doing, but he was found guilty and could possibly serve a sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison, so obviously there was enough evidence to prove he had been corrupt in his terms as Mayor. Giorgio Orsoni-mayor of Venice France The mayor of Venice, Italy, Giorgio Orsoni, resigned shortly after being released from house arrest under…show more content…
Based on my opinion, it is absolutely absurd that a mayor receive such a small penalty for stealing a large portion of money, which was supposed to go towards such a crucial purpose for the town and its people. In 1966, 5,000 people were left homeless when flood levels in the city reached 1.94m (6ft), causing immense damage (BBC 2014). With this being the case, one would think the flood barriers would serve a great justice for the people of Venice, but apparently the mayor begs to differ with his evident disregard for the people of his
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