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Nagin's tweets strike an 'inspirational' tone

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin made no secret of his affinity for technology. And a check of Nagin's tweets shows he has been focusing on inspirational words - his and others - throughout his trial at federal court.

Nagin's trial on a plethora of corruption charges began Jan. 27, and on that day Nagin had a presence on Twitter. He retweeted words posted by Houston-based megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen.

"Believe the drought in your life is coming to an end, that you'll see restoration, healing & new opportunities," the retweet reads.

Two days later, Nagin retweets an emotional quote: "God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do."

UNO Political Scientist Ed Chervenak weighed in on the Nagin tweets and retweets.

"Seems like the former mayor has gotten religion since he's found himself in the situation that he is in, and given the troubles that he has, he probably needs all the divine intervention that he can get at this point," Chervenak said.

Nagin faces 21 corruption charges. The jury began deliberating his fate on Monday, paused Tuesday due to a juror problem, and will resume deliberations on Wednesday.

On Jan. 31, another of Osteen's tweets is retweeted by Nagin: "In the natural, it may look impossible, but what God started in your life, He will finish."

"If you look at all the charges that the government has brought against him, it's pretty devastating, and so this may just be a way for him to kind of soothe his conscience as he gets through this process," Chervenak said.

However, Nagin has not been prolific in tweeting over the course of his trial. There have been days when he has not posted a tweet, and not all of his tweets have been motivational in nature. On Feb. 1, Nagin retweeted a news article on genetically altered foods.

But then he was back to the inspirational tweets. On Feb. 4, there was another retweet of  Osteen: "Your destiny is not determined by your circumstances. Your destiny is determined by the Creator of the universe."

On Feb. 6, Nagin retweets the saying: "There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience."

And the tweets continued this week as the case was poised to go to the jury.

On Monday, in his own words, Nagin tweets: "No matter what life throws at u. Just believe. God is good."

And on Tuesday, Nagin tweeted, "Prayer of the righteous availed much. Thanks…" The words paraphrase New Testament scripture.

Nagin's words, while in the public domain, should not be viewed by jurors deciding his case if they're adhering to the court's instructions.

"Hopefully, the jurors are following the judge's instructions and not accessing social media, you know, and having the possibility of seeing some of these tweets," said Chervenak.

Nagin maintains he is innocent.

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