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One ex-La. gov seeks pardon for another

July 22, 2008 at 9:53 PM

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- A former Republican governor of Louisiana has asked President George Bush to pardon former Democratic Gov. Edwin Edwards.

David Treen, who often clashed with Edwards when both were active in politics, said he thinks Edwards has spent enough time behind bars, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. Edwards, who is eligible for release in 2011, was given a 10-year sentence for racketeering.

The New York Times reports about 2,300 applications for sentence reductions or pardons are awaiting action by Bush, who leaves office in January. Presidents tend to be more generous at the ends of their terms.

Another Louisiana politician seeking a pardon is former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown. Brown served six months for lying to the FBI.

"I just put the application in myself. I didn't hire any lobbyists," Brown said. "I know that a lot of people make the request and very few are given. But I feel what happened to me was wrong, and any step I can take to move beyond what happened to me I'm going to pursue."

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