John Volz Passes Away

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Former U.S. Attorney John Volz died Saturday after a long illness.

Volz is probably best known for his two attempts to prosecute former Governor Edwin Edwards.

He brought Edwards to court twice on racketeering charges.

One trial ended in a hung jury the other, in an acquittal.

Edwards, of course, eventually was convicted for similar crimes and recently was released to a half-way house.

Volz also convicted New Orleans crime boss Carlos Marcello, and, as a young prosecutor working in the Orleans DA's office, he worked on Jim Garrison's investigation of Clay Shaw and Lee Harvey Oswald after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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