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November 9, 1991 | Ronald Brownstein
In a last-ditch effort to stop David Duke in the Louisiana governor's race, Democrats have enlisted one of their top guns: consultant James Carville, the chief strategist in Democrat Harris Wofford's stunning upset victory over former Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh in the Pennsylvania Senate race earlier this week.
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July 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
A co-defendant of Edwin W. Edwards--the former governor convicted of extorting payoffs for casino licenses--has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Edwards in an insurance fraud case. David Disiere, owner of a now-defunct insurance company, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to report a felony. Under the plea agreement, Disiere will get no prison time.
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July 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
A co-defendant of Edwin W. Edwards--the former governor convicted of extorting payoffs for casino licenses--has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Edwards in an insurance fraud case. David Disiere, owner of a now-defunct insurance company, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to report a felony. Under the plea agreement, Disiere will get no prison time.
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May 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
A day after former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards was convicted of racketeering, a jury on Wednesday recommended that he and three co-defendants forfeit nearly $2.6 million of the money they got from businessmen applying for riverboat casino licenses. Edwards was convicted Tuesday with his son, Stephen Edwards, and three others of racketeering and fraud for schemes that took place during and after the elder Edwards left office in 1996.
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April 12, 1986 | Associated Press
A juror in Gov. Edwin W. Edwards' second federal trial on racketeering charges was dismissed Friday after authorities discovered that he had been arrested on a charge of criminal neglect of family. He was replaced by an alternate.
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May 9, 1985 | Associated Press
Gov. Edwin W. Edwards of Louisiana and seven co-defendants were arraigned Wednesday on federal charges involving state permits for hospital construction. None of the defendants made any comment in the 20-minute appearance before U.S. Magistrate Ivan Lemelle. They were released on their own recognizance.
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April 8, 1986
A jury was seated in New Orleans for the second trial of Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards on charges that he schemed illegally to use his influence to obtain state certification for hospital and nursing home projects in which he held interests. The selection of nine men and three women jurors--eight blacks and four whites--cleared the way for opening arguments in the trial of Edwards and four co-defendants.
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December 16, 1986 | Associated Press
A former aide to Gov. Edwin W. Edwards was shot today by a man he had just opposed in federal bankruptcy court and later died at a hospital, authorities said. Clyde Vidrine died about 2 1/2 hours after the shooting. He had been hit in the back of the head, neck and thigh. U.S. marshals arrested the gunman, who was with his wife and son. Witnesses said a woman and juvenile also were taken into custody.
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December 17, 1986 | United Press International
Clyde Vidrine, a former aide to Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, was shot to death Tuesday as he left a courthouse with a woman, and deputy marshals arrested her estranged husband. Vidrine, 48, died in a Shreveport hospital from shotgun wounds several hours after the attack in front of the federal courthouse, authorities said. James R. Cummings, 35, of Blanchard, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, police said.
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November 1, 1991 | Associated Press
Lame duck Gov. Buddy Roemer said Thursday he will vote for Edwin W. Edwards in a gubernatorial runoff, saying a victory by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke would be economic "suicide" for Louisiana. But Roemer stopped short of giving a full endorsement in the Nov. 16 runoff to Edwards, his longtime rival and a three-term governor. Roemer, a Republican ousted in the Oct. 19 primary, delivered a blistering attack on Duke, who is in a close race with Edwards.
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May 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, who was known for nod-and-a-wink politics but always escaped prosecutors, was convicted for the first time Tuesday, on charges he extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from those who applied for riverboat casino licenses. The former four-term Democratic governor was found guilty along with his son Stephen of fraud and racketeering.
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April 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards denied extorting more than $3 million from people seeking riverboat casino licenses as he testified in Baton Rouge, La., in his trial on racketeering and fraud charges. Edwards, who served four terms as governor and dominated Louisiana politics for more than 25 years, said he provided consulting services to casino applicants and was legitimately paid for his work.
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January 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards was taken from his federal corruption trial in Baton Rouge, La., to a hospital for tests, the second day of jury selection. Edwards, 72, who has the flu, was leaning on his wife, Candy, and his co-defendant, Andrew Martin, as he left the courthouse. He said he felt nauseated. He was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, and Mary Jane Marcantel, a member of the defense team, said doctors were running tests.
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April 15, 1994 | Reuters
Gov. Edwin W. Edwards won $308,000 at the gaming tables last year, according to his 1993 federal income tax return released Thursday. The governor's salary is set by law at $73,440, although Edwards drew only $64,995 of that last year, the return showed. An ardent supporter of legalized gambling in Louisiana as the answer to the state's fiscal woes, Edwards periodically holds high-stakes poker games at the governor's mansion and plays at Las Vegas casinos.
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January 14, 1992 | GARRY BOULARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Democrat Edwin W. Edwards, who defeated former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in a Louisiana governor's race that gained nationwide attention last November, was sworn into office Monday even as efforts continued to launch a recall campaign against him. "If this recall effort were moving any quicker, I'd have to give up my practice in town," said the campaign's chief organizer, Baton Rouge lawyer Ted Schirmer.
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November 17, 1991 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Democrat Edwin W. Edwards crushed former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on Saturday to win a Louisiana governor's election keenly watched around the nation as a referendum on race relations and voter discontent. With 99% of the precincts reporting, Edwards, a three-time former governor, defeated Duke, a Republican state representative, by 61% to 39%. The vote totals were Edwards 1,061,233, Duke 681,278. More than 78% of Louisiana's 2.
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November 16, 1991 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
It is decision day in Louisiana. Across the state, voters are expected to turn out in record numbers today to settle the gubernatorial race between former Democratic Gov. Edwin W. Edwards and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke--an election whose reverberations will be felt around the nation, if not the world. After a raucous campaign that has simultaneously riveted and revolted a state accustomed to extravagant elections, surveys conducted earlier this week gave Edwards the lead.
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November 15, 1991 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
For the 600 students at predominantly black Southern University who crowded into an assembly hall for a rally here, the issue on the table was their future in a state governed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. But what filled the air Wednesday afternoon was the past, lingering in sharp, precise images they are too young to remember: riding in the back of the bus, drawing water from a fountain marked Colored, fearing to disdain a man wearing a sheet.
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