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Jan 22, 2013 3:19 PM by AP

Edwards asks feds to end supervised release early

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Gov. Edwin Edwards says he's done his time, paid $2 million in fines and forfeitures and done everything required for his supervised release, and wants the supervision to end now.

Federal prosecutors support the request to erase the second half of the three-year supervised release. They say Edwards' history indicates that he is "absolutely no risk to public safety."

Edwards and his third wife, Trina Scott Edwards, are scheduled to begin a reality television series next month.

Although his 2000 felony conviction in a scheme to rig riverboat casino licenses cost Edwards his law license, he filed the motion himself in federal district court in Baton Rouge.

The motion filed Jan. 10 and the federal response filed Friday were first reported by The Advocate.

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