However, Judge Berrigan, citing his abrogations and violations of his duties to the public, nonetheless, opted to render a lighter sentence.
For the City of New Orleans, despite the more leniant sentencing, it was a moment of relief in the long legal drama spanning almost a decade.
Many in the city were glued to television and radio broadcasts while marking the history of the moment,by making their voices heard and read online via social media.
In the video below, Stephen Sabludowsky, publisher of Bayoubuzz.com, announces the sentence online seconds after it was tweeted from the Court House. announcedwitter. Also, attorney Lawrence Chehardy gives his views as to the fairness of the ten year sentencing Judge Berrigan issued Ray Nagin.