December 14, 2004
The Latest on Former Governor Edwin Edwards
Louisiana's Times Picayune reports in a story titled, "Judge Clears Way for Edwards' Appeal," that "[a] federal judge has approved a motion that will allow former Gov. Edwin Edwards to appeal his conviction on corruption charges to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans."
This not the first time that Edwards will be appealing to the Fifth Circuit. His case initially went up on appeal in 2002 and the court affirmed the conviction. As a matter of fact, Edwards is now serving time in a federal prison. In this new appeal, as reported by the Times Picayune, "Edwards is challenging his conviction on claims that prosecutors denied the former governor pertinent information to defend himself." The district judge hearing the allegation denied Edwards' motion.
For details on the basis of the defense motion, checkout Louisiana's WAFB News Channel that states that "Attorneys for Edwin Edwards say government prosecutors knew a key witness was lying on the stand and did nothing to stop it."
So it looks like the 5th Circuit will now be looking at the Edwards matter for a second time.