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June 20, 1996 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Waste Industries, the largest refuse hauler in Southern California, made $150,000 in extortion payments to a Louisiana legislator to secure permits for operating a garbage dump near Baton Rouge, court records show. The payoffs were unearthed during a wide-ranging FBI investigation of vote-buying and influence-peddling in the Louisiana Legislature. L.J. Hymel, the U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, said Western Waste was a "willing victim" in the extortion scheme.
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January 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, the silver-haired gambler who wisecracked his way through two dozen investigations, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $250,000 on Monday for extorting payoffs from businessmen applying for riverboat casino licenses. Edwards, 73, showed little emotion as the decision was read. His daughters and wife sobbed behind him. "A long sentence is effectively a death sentence," said Edwards' lawyer, Dan Small, who immediately filed a notice of appeal.
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August 10, 1990 | United Press International
Louisiana's efforts to ban abortions this year were apparently dealt a death blow Thursday when the Legislature voted against a special session to override Gov. Buddy Roemer's veto of a strict anti-abortion bill. Speaker Jimmy Dimos said at least 56 of the 105 members of the House of Representatives voted against a veto session that would have begun Aug. 18. Senate President Sammy Nunez said at least 21 members of the 39-member Senate voted against the session.
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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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January 5, 1991 | From Associated Press
State Rep. David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, announced plans Friday to run for Louisiana governor. Gov. Buddy Roemer and former Gov. Edwin Edwards also have announced their intentions to run in the nonpartisan governor's race. The election is scheduled for Oct. 19. Duke called a news conference to let reporters know of his plans in advance of a New Orleans fund-raiser.
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March 15, 1988 | Associated Press
Buddy Roemer, a self-styled reformer who faces a fiscal crisis, Monday became Louisiana's 51st governor and called on the state to "free our political leadership from the stranglehold of special interests." Gov. Edwin W. Edwards won enough votes in last year's primary to call a runoff with Roemer under Louisiana's unique election laws, but conceded to Roemer, a fellow Democrat, on Oct. 24. The state faces the immediate problems of a four-year, $1.
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September 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
The state's Republican Committee on Saturday declined to censure state Rep. David Duke for his past as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The committee has no authority to kick Duke out of the party, but two committee members who worked on the censure said they had done so because of Duke's past of "promoting racial violence, his anti-Semitism and his neo-Nazi philosophies." Neil Curran and Elizabeth Rickey, both of New Orleans, tried to introduce the resolution at the party's quarterly meeting.
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February 7, 1987 | United Press International
Gov. Edwin W. Edwards announced Friday that he will seek a fourth term despite his record low standings in opinion polls and the worst economic conditions Louisiana has suffered since the Great Depression.
NEWS
November 12, 1987
Lame duck Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards agreed to a request by Gov.-elect Buddy Roemer to put Roemer in charge of state operations until his inauguration March 14. But shortly after Edwards agreed to the request, Roemer, a Democratic representative, said he realized that taking the job would require him to resign from Congress, a move that would deny the state one vote in upcoming budget questions and could lead to a special election at a cost of more than $300,000.
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July 26, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State Rep. David Duke, the president of the National Assn. for the Advancement of White People and a former national Ku Klux Klan leader, qualified as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Duke paid a $900 qualifying fee and filed papers with the secretary of state in Baton Rouge, La., about 20 minutes after state Sen. Ben Bagert of New Orleans, the official GOP candidate. The two candidates are challenging Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, a Democrat who is seeking his fourth term in the Senate.
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April 19, 2000 | From Reuters
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards extorted about $3 million from riverboat casino operators because he was driven by "avarice and greed," federal prosecutors said Tuesday in closing arguments at his 14-week trial on racketeering charges. Edwards, 72, "had people in special roles, and the goal was making money," Assistant U.S. Atty. Jim Letten said. "They were motivated and fueled by one factor: avarice and greed . . .
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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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August 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster was fined $20,000 by the state Board of Ethics in Baton Rouge, La., for failing to report more than $150,000 in payments to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for a computerized voter list. Foster, who is running for reelection this fall, said the violation of campaign finance law was unintentional. Foster was found to have twice violated the state's campaign finance disclosure law.
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November 7, 1998 | LIANNE HART and CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For former four-time Gov. Edwin Edwards, who has long mixed populist politics with high living, wit and the cold gaze of prosecutors, it was a well-practiced ritual. Suave in a navy blue suit, he greeted the announcement that he faced a new 28-count extortion indictment Friday with an insouciance familiar to Louisianians. "It's less than I expected," Edwards said, standing on the steps of the federal courthouse here. "I'm not charged at all with the Oklahoma City bombing.
NEWS
August 3, 1996
A former vice president of Western Waste Industries, the largest garbage hauler in Los Angeles County, was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years probation Friday in connection with a political corruption scandal in Louisiana. Citing his cooperation with the FBI, federal prosecutors recommended leniency for Vernon Hizel, who arranged for the Torrance-based company to make a $150,000 payoff to Louisiana state Rep. Michael Russo. Russo has pleaded guilty to extortion and is awaiting sentencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Waste Industries, the largest refuse hauler in Southern California, made $150,000 in extortion payments to a Louisiana legislator to secure permits for operating a garbage dump near Baton Rouge, court records show. The payoffs were unearthed during a wide-ranging FBI investigation of vote-buying and influence-peddling in the Louisiana Legislature. L.J. Hymel, the U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, said Western Waste was a "willing victim" in the extortion scheme.
NEWS
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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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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