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Sep 30, 2011 9:41 PM by Maddie Garrett

Senator Publicly Opposes Pardon for Edwin Edwards

Former Governor Edwin Edwards making news again, this time over his bid for a presidential pardon.

In 2003, Edwards' then wife Candy petitioned for a pardon for her husband. Now Edwards third wife, Trina Scott Edwards, is doing the same.

"I would really hope that more people would stand behind him, he did a lot a for the state," said Trina.

But both times around, Senator David Vitter publicly opposed them and idea of a pardon.

"It's not in his nature to be kind to people, they don't call him bitter Vitter for nothing," retorted Edwin Edwards.

Trina said she received a letter from Vitter's office, saying he thinks a Presidential Pardon would be inappropriate. This is the letter Trina posted on her Facebook page:

"Dear Mrs. Edwards,

Thank you for contacting me in support of a presidential pardon for former Governor Edwin Edwards. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, the President of the United States has Constitutional authority to grant pardons at his sole discretion to anyone except those convicted of impeachment. Nothing in the Constitution grants Congress or the courts authority to overturn presidential pardons.

In his last days in office, President Bush did not issue a large number of pardons, including denying Governor Edwards' application for one. Also, President Obama has not indicated a position on pardoning Gov. Edwards. I do not think a pardon for Gov. Edwards is appropriate given his convictions related to official duties.

While we may disagree on this issue, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues important to you. "

Apparently Trina wasn't the only person to receive that letter, several people on the Ask Obama to Pardon Edwin Edwards Facebook page wrote they also got it, and they weren't to happy either.

But Trina said she never wrote Vitter directly, and believes Vitter got her, and other email addresses, from a petition they signed.

"It takes a lot to make me angry and I'm livid about it I really am," said Trina.

Both Trina and Edwards said they believe Vitter should be more understanding, loosely referencing Vitter's 2007 prostitution scandal.

"The Obama administration would not pay anymore attention to him than they would to one of my grandchildren because he's in total disrepute and has been designated as one of the most corrupt senators in the United States Senate," said Edwards.

Trina said, "I think he's sanctimonious and he's a hypocrite and he's a whoremonger and I think it's funny that he's so slow to forgive someone when he needed forgiveness himself one time and a lot of people gave it to him."

KATC tried contacting Senator Vitter several times Thursday and Friday, and did not receive a response by Friday night. KATC also reached out to other Louisiana legislators, no one commented on Edwards' bid for a pardon.


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