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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a businessman who pleaded guilty to plotting to bribe former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Rodney Williams was scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 25. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan rescheduled the hearing for Jan. 29, 2014.

Morgan didn't give a reason for the delay, but Williams could be a key government witness at a trial for Nagin set for October.

Nagin is charged with accepting at least $60,000 in payoffs from Williams for his help securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and management services work. Williams pleaded guilty in December to a conspiracy charge. On Thursday, prosecutors and federal prosecutors are scheduled to meet behind closed doors with the judge presiding over Nagin's case for a status conference.

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