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Gov. Edwin Edwards Trial, Week 1 (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-09-20

Duration: 00:10:58

Subjects: Edwards, Edwin W. | TRIALS


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Elliot, Bob Interviewee
  • Volz, John Interviewee
  • Fernandez, Forrest, III Interviewee
  • Neal, James Interviewee
  • Houck, Oliver Interviewee


This segment from the September 20, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Laura Myers’ report on the first week of the trial of Governor Edwin Edwards and seven 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 the ongoing jury selection process and the charges against the eight defendants. It includes interviews with: Governor Edwards; Bob Elliot, a reporter for NBC News; United States Attorney John Volz; Forrest Fernandez III, potential juror; James Neal, Governor Edwards’ defense attorney; and Oliver Houck, a professor at the Tulane University Law School. Host: Ken Johnson