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Gov. Edwin Edwards Trial, Week 5 (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-10-18

Duration: 00:08:23

Subjects: Edwards, Edwin W. | TRIALS


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Unglesby, Lewis Speaker
  • Volz, John Speaker
  • Houck, Oliver Interviewee
  • Bussie, Fran Interviewee


This segment from the October 18, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Laura Myers’ report on the fifth week of the trial of Governor Edwin Edwards and seven other defendants in New Orleans on fraud and racketeering charges related to the permitting process for building new hospitals and nursing homes. Her report focuses on the possible violations of the gag order imposed on attorneys and defendants, the introduction of grand jury testimony by defendant Ron Falgout, and the ongoing testimony by prosecution witnesses. It includes highlights from press conferences on the courthouse steps with Governor Edwin Edwards, defense attorney Lewis Unglesby, and United States Attorney John Volz. Myers also interviews Oliver Houck, a professor at the Tulane University Law School, and Fran Bussie, a member of the Health Coordinating Council. Host: Ken Johnson