Posted: Jan 13, 2011 8:36 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
Updated: Aug 4, 2011 5:32 PM
Key developments in the federal investigation, conviction and imprisonment of former Gov. Edwin Edwards:
-April 1996: Texas brothers Patrick and Michael Graham approach
FBI in New Orleans with information about alleged criminal activityinvolving elected officials in Louisiana.
-October 1996: Federal investigators tap Edwards' Baton Rouge
-December 1996: Federal investigators place microphone and video camera in the law office Edwards shared with his son, Stephen
-April 1997: FBI agents raid Edwards' home and law office. The homes and offices of Edwards' relatives, friends and business associates are also searched.
-Nov 1998: Edwards indicted in gambling corruption case. Also indicted are Edwards' son, Stephen, and several others.
-January 2000: Trial begins.
-May 9, 2000: Edwards convicted. Four others, including Stephen Edwards also convicted.
-January 2001: Edwards sentenced to 10 years and $250,000 fine.
-Oct. 21, 2002: Edwards reports to a federal prison in Fort Worth, TX.
-February 2003: U.S. Supreme Court rejects Edwards appeal.
-November 2004: Edwards moved to the federal prison at Oakdale.
-September 2007: Stephen Edwards released from Beaumont, TX, prison.
-January 2011: Edwards released from Oakdale prison and moved to a halfway house.