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Jul 6, 2011 5:51 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

House arrest ending, Edwards plans public events

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Edwin Edwards is soon to be out of the house and on the public events trail, nearly nine years after heading to prison for a corruption conviction.
The four-term former governor was expected to sign forms Wednesday officially ending his six-month home detention and allowing him to begin a series of planned public appearances around Louisiana.
The charismatic and popular politician is embarking on a book tour in about a week. He's in talks for a reality TV show. He's making plans for a third wedding. And he's having an 84th birthday party in the French Quarter on July 30.
Edwards served eight years in prison for a bribery and extortion scheme to rig riverboat casino licenses. He began home incarceration in January. He'll be on probation for three years.

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