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The Nation

A federal judge refused to let Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, a lawyer, deliver his own closing argument to the jury in his racketeering retrial in New Orleans. Defense lawyers immediately appealed Judge Marcel Livaudais’ decision to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel rejected their arguments within minutes of convening. Edwards, his brother, Marion, and three business associates are charged with racketeering and fraud in connection with a $10-million hospital investment scheme.


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