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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. Edwards
Citation:303 F.3d 606 (5th Cir. 2002)
Edwin Edwards (Defendant), the former governor of Louisiana, was charged by the United States (Prosecution) with extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act. Two of Edwards’s associates had ostensibly represented the governor in extorting money from various individuals who sought approval of riverboat casinos, promising to help them obtain licenses in exchange for money and threatening to make obtaining licenses possible if they did not pay. He was convicted of the extortion charge by a jury. He appealed his conviction to the Fifth Circuit.
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