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Edwin Edwards talks to News 2 at first public appearance

4 years ago July 12, 2011 Jul 12, 2011 Tuesday, July 12 2011 Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5:25:39 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Former Governor Edwin Edwards told News 2 he was overjoyed to be out and about after his federal prison sentence came to an end.

"I'm just so glad to be home I can't express it, and that's unusual for me," Edwards told News 2's Kristy Davis.

Edwards is one of the guests of honor at an event to honor his biographer, Leo Honeycutt.  The Foundation for Historical Louisiana is recognizing Honeycutt's work researching and writing about the former governor at an awards banquet tonight in Baton Rouge.

Edwards said working with Honeycutt was an interesting experience.

"It gave me a fresh, new look at myself," he said.  ""I've had a long life, very active at various levels of politics and many things happened over the course of my career that I've forgotten, and people reminded me and the research brought it back up again." he said.

Edwards served eight years in prison for a bribery and extortion scheme to rig riverboat casino licenses. He was released in January and required to check into a halfway house for six months, and recently finished that portion of his sentence.

Kristy Davis will have more from tonight's event and her interview with the former governor tonight on News 2 at 10.


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