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December 09, 1985

Federal prosecutors, after 10 weeks of painting Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards as a scheming opportunist trying to recoup huge gambling losses through crooked dealings, are to present closing arguments today at his fraud and racketeering trial in New Orleans. The flamboyant Edwards, his brother, nephew and five associates are charged in a 51-count indictment with conspiring to cheat the public in a hospital development scam that netted them $10 million.

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