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The Nation : 3 in Edwards Trial Cleared

December 10, 1985

A judge in New Orleans declared three of Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards' co-defendants innocent of federal racketeering charges, but he allowed trial to continue for Edwards, whom a prosecutor called a liar in final arguments. U.S. District Judge Marcel Livaudais ruled that there was too little evidence to justify going on with the trial for the governor's nephew, Charles Isbell, and two others. The judge also dismissed an obstruction of justice charge against businessman Gus Mijalis, but refused to acquit him and the governor's brother Marion of other charges, which include using political clout to obtain state certification for hospital and nursing home projects in which they held interests.

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