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Arrest of Frances Pecora (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-12-05

Duration: 00:02:59

Subjects: Pecora, Frances Smith | Louisiana. Department of Agriculture and Forestry | Political corruption


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Layrisson, Ed Speaker
  • Odom, Bob Interviewee


This segment from the December 5, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the arrest of Frances Pecora, an official from the Department of Agriculture, by the FBI for allegedly trying to bribe the Sheriff and District Attorney in Tangipahoa Parish in exchange for them dropping drug charges against her son. It includes comments by Sheriff Ed Layrisson and Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Odom. Hosts: Beth George and Ron Blome