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Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former Mayor Ray Nagin walks out of court after being found guilty on 20 of 21 federal charges on February 12, 2014.

Former Mayor Ray Nagin got his requested sentencing delay Thursday, as U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan agreed to put off his return to federal court until July 2.

Nagin, who was convicted in February of taking bribes, money laundering and other crimes, had been scheduled for sentencing June 11.

His attorney, Robert Jenkins, asked for the extension, saying he needed more time to prepare because of the “extensive nature and length” of the presentencing report prepared about his client.

For each federal defendant, the court’s probation office prepares a report that calculates the sentencing guidelines and outlines for the judge the convicted person’s criminal history and any mitigating factors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman objected to a delay, saying Nagin has been free on home confinement for four months, ample time to prepare for the sentencing hearing. “The (presentence report) in this matter is no more voluminous than in other cases and the information pertains to Nagin himself and, accordingly, should come as no surprise,” Coman told the judge.

Berrigan’s order granting the continuance did not respond to either side’s arguments, simply setting Nagin’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. July 2.