Former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed a motion asking a federal judge for an early release from his post-prison supervision, following his conviction and prison term. Federal prosecutors say they will not block the move, which still must be approved.
While he lost his law license when he was convicted in 2000, Edwards filed the motion, on his own behalf, in Baton Rouge. It was first reported by The Advocate.
Edwards, 85, has served 18 months of his supervised release and is asking for the final 18 months to be dismissed.
Edwards was released from prison in July 2011, after serving nearly 10 years. He was fined $250,000 and ordered to forfeit $1.8 million after his racketeering conviction.
Prosecutors in New Orleans, including First Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Harper, who was a member of the prosecution team that convicted Edwards in 2000, filed a response to Edwards’ motion late Friday.
In their response, prosecutors say that the federal Office of Probation and Pretrial Services “has no objection to the early termination…of supervised release.”
Edwards said in his motion that he “received no disciplinary write-ups” while in prison and has “satisfactorily met all of the conditions of his supervised release to date.”