Nagin was calm and even flippant at times during questioning from Jenkins.
"The guy in orange? Yeah, I saw him," he said when asked about witness Michael McGrath, a former investment banker, convicted of fraud in an unrelated case. McGrath wore bright orange prison garb when he testified about his role in Fradella's alleged bribery of Nagin.
Nagin was visibly irritated with prosecutor Coman as they debated the mayor's contracting authority. He acknowledged suspending a process in 2009 that called for a committee of experts that he had earlier set up by executive order to weigh in with recommendations on contractors. He said the suspension was only temporary while he sought consensus with City Council members who wanted the panel to hold open meetings. Nagin said contractors would object to having their applications discussed publicly.
Even before the suspension, Coman noted, Nagin's executive orders — which he had Nagin read on the stand — gave the mayor "sole authority" to approve no-bid contracts.
The defense noted that Fradella was involved in competitive bid contracts. Coman suggested that the mayor could influence that process, too, and said the mayor could refused to approve the lowest bid.
"Then, the vendor would sue the city for his lost revenues," Nagin said.