Jan 14, 2011 6:51 PM by Maddie Garrett

Judge Reggie Speaks Out About Edwards' Release

New Thursday on Governor Edwin Edwards, his good friend and confidant Judge Edmund Reggie sits down with KATC to talk about their friendship before, during and after his prison sentence.

They met back in the 1940's, when both were law students at Tulane and then both got their political start in Crowley.

"We became friends and we've remained friends for over 60 years," said Reggie.

Friends in the good times and the bad, even when Edwards was convicted of racketeering and fraud in 2000.

"He endured this whole ordeal much better than any of us thought could be done," said Reggie.

Reggie wrote to Edwards every week for several years while he was in prison and made a few visits. He says Edwards remained popular, even behind bars.

"Prisoners who had visitors wanted his picture with their wife or with their children, so he was really the celebrity, they beloved him in the prison," he said.

But after almost a decade in a prison cell, has the former governor changed? Reggie says not so much.

"I find him to be the very same person, sharp tongue, humorous, introspective, and keeping up with everything by the day," said Reggie.

And the same could be said for their friendship.

"I'll be there for him till the cows come home," he said.


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