Former Governor Edwin Edwards was convicted in 2001 on charges he extorted nearly $3 million from companies applying for casino licenses. Letten served as a lead prosecutor in the case, a key accomplishment in his resume for becoming U.S. Attorney.
In a 2011 interview with Eyewitness News, we asked what Edwards would say to Letten.
“I’d tell him that if the saint had killed a dragonfly instead of a dragon, nobody would remember him,” Edwards said. “But when you do something like convict Edwin Edwards, after all the other people have tried for 20 years, it puts a feather in your hat. Whether you did it right or wrong, honestly or by the rules or not, is immaterial. It’s a success story and I tip my hat to him."