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Was former LA Gov Hughes framed?

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>> Hughes overturned the convictions, ruling that the government's key witness, Patrick Graham, lied during the trial to please then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Letten in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

"Graham had a secret deal with the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana that ? in exchange for his testimony in numerous cases ? the U.S. Attorney would not prosecute him for his crimes in Louisiana and would even seek a sentence reduction for his crimes in other states," Hughes wrote. "With this motivation, Graham conveniently knew all sorts of information about nefarious dealings in other districts."

Graham and his brother, Michael, were key witnesses in Letten's prosecution of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz on corruption charges. Letten is now U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. <<

Can you say "prosecutorial misconduct?"

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I wonder if...

In reply to: Was former LA Gov Hughes framed?

I wonder if if you're leading up to implying that Edwards was framed. (Edwards was a Democrat.)
As many might not remember Edwards, he was found guilty of extorting payoffs from businessmen seeking riverboat casino licenses.
The case against the flamboyant ex-governor was brought to court on the basis of a 1997 raid on Edwards' house, during which FBI agents seized records and over $400,000 in cash. The FBI also recorded over 1500 hours of telephone conversations and prosecutors received testimony from businessmen who fell victim to Edwards. Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. testified, claiming that Edwards extorted $400,000 from him.

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(NT) (NT) He was framed for that too.

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I assume...

In reply to: (NT) He was framed for that too.

I assume you're joking. Corruption has almost been a way of life in NOLA politics, and in that arena Edwards and his shennanigans were almost a comedy routine.

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(NT) (NT) Yes I was

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Can you say "prosecutorial misconduct?"

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We can say it but wonder how you come up with it.

We know that you got the words from what the defense claimed but they don't stand up under even brief scrutiny as Letten was noted for his honesty and integrity and plea bargains are a "way of life and daily business" in law.

The Defense on the other hand apparently did a very poor job of discrediting the testemony as the jury accepted it and rejected their attempts. There are charges for lawyers who fail to provide adequate representation for their clients too.

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