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U.S. Attorney Don Beckner Interview (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-12-05

Duration: 00:10:07

Subjects: Beckner, Donald L. | Political corruption | Gerald, Gaston | DOZIER, GIL


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Beckner, Don Interviewee


This segment from the December 5, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an interview with Don Beckner, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. He discusses the indictments and convictions of former State Senator Gaston Gerald and former Commissioner of Agriculture Gil Dozier for extortion, the significance of the Dozier conviction for racketeering, his focus on political corruption cases, why these cases are tried in federal court instead of state court, and the responsibility of his position. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome