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Edwin Edwards served four terms as governor of Louisiana, from 1972 to 1980, and then from 1984 to 1996. In 1998, he was convicted on several charges stemming from a casino license scheme.
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He stood trial for the charges in 1985 and again in 1986, but was never convicted.
Edwards's state reign ended in 1996. During his tenure as governor, he was the only American political leader to have served at all three levels of government (local, state and national) and in all three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial).
During the end of his final term, a new investigation of Edwards's financial transactions began. In 1998, a federal grand jury indicted the former govenor, as well as his son, Stephen Edwards, and four colleagues, on counts of racketeering, extortion, money laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud stemming from a scheme that involved the illegal production riverboat casino licenses in exchange for millions of dollars. Edwards was convicted on 17 of 26 charges; his son, Stephen, was found guilty of 18 charges. Edwards subseqeuntly served a two-year sentence, 2002 to 2004, at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2013, the 85-year-old Edwards and his wife, 34-year-old Trina Scott Edwards, became the focus of a new television series produced by A&E Networks, The Governor's Wife. The series, which is slated to premiere in the summer of 2013, will follow the couple as they redefine a "new normal" in the new South.
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