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Edmonson hires attorney to respond to audit

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By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's ex-state police leader isn't releasing the lengthy, blow-by-blow defense expected against a scathing legislative audit that suggested he misspent tax dollars.
  
Instead, a lawyer for retired Col. Mike Edmonson submitted a two-page response to the audit, which accused Edmonson of living a lavish lifestyle financed by state police money.
  
Attorney Harry Rosenberg writes that Edmonson doesn't have the resources to respond to the lengthy list of claims and had too little time because a draft report was leaked early.
  
The Legislative Auditor's Office released the letter Wednesday.
  
Rosenberg defends Edmonson moving his family into a residence on the state police compound, noting Gov. John Bel Edwards and former Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff say they asked Edmonson to live onsite.
  
The letter also touts Edmonson's performance in office.

To read the audit, scroll down. The letter is on pages 101-103. To read KATC's previous stories on the audit, click here and here

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