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Gov. Edwin Edwards Retrial, Week 3 (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-04-11

Duration: 00:05:08

Subjects: Edwards, Edwin W. | TRIALS


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Volz, John Speaker
  • Fawer, Mike Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Gravel, Camille Speaker
  • Bennett, Shirley Interviewee
  • Cobb, Jim Interviewee


This segment from the April 11, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Laura Myers’ report on the third week of the retrial of Governor Edwin Edwards and four other defendants in New Orleans on fraud and racketeering charges related to the permitting process for building new hospitals and nursing homes. Her report focuses on: U.S. Attorney John Volz changing his strategy and focusing on fraud instead of bribery; the make-up of the jury; and the start of testimony by prosecution witnesses. It includes highlights from the press conferences on the courthouse steps with United States Attorney John Volz, defense attorney Mike Fawer, Governor Edwin Edwards, and defense attorney Camille Graville. Her report also includes interviews with Shirley Bennett, potential juror, and Jim Cobb, attorney. Host: Ken Johnson