High-Stakes Game

Will federal prosecutors finally put an end to good times for Louisiana's former Governor?

In most states, a man who pays cash for houses and automobiles, who keeps up to $500,000 lying around the house and conducts business meetings in restaurant bathrooms is liable to end up having his meals slid under a door. But Louisiana, a gift from God if not from the devil, is not most states. And so the federal corruption trial of former Governor Edwin Edwards is a delicious feast not just for the fly-on-the-wall look at the latest great rogue in American politics, but also because even if he's guilty, many Louisianans are pulling for him to beat the rap.

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