Louisiana: We Hit the Jackpot

Louisiana's Governor Edwards rolls out his own defense

Any croupier (and Edwin Edwards has known quite a few) would have called it a high-risk roll. But the Louisiana Governor, who is proud to call himself a gambling man, felt the odds were in his favor when he took the stand last week in his trial on federal racketeering and fraud charges. For three days the bon temps Governor with silver hair and a golden tongue was by turns defiant and disarming, depicting himself as a loyal friend ("Man, I spent my life helping people, friends and enemies") and an absent-minded administrator ("I'm not a detail person"). Playing to the...

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