Edwin Edwards leaves house arrest

July 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, July 6 (UPI) -- Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, freed from house arrest Wednesday, looked forward to his wedding and his 84th birthday.

Anna Edwards, who provided a home for her father in Denham Springs while he was under home confinement, said he can now "move around like a free person" for the first time in years, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. Edwards, convicted of corruption, was imprisoned in 2002 and released to house arrest six months ago.

For the next three years, Edwards must report to a probation officer and get permission if he wants to travel outside the Middle District of Louisiana.

Edwards and Tina Grimes Scott, 50 years his junior, plan to live in his recently purchased house in Gonzales. The couple are working on a reality TV show.

Edwards was the longest-serving governor in Louisiana history, winning a fourth term in 1991 when his opponent was white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke.

Family members say a $250-a-ticket dinner and roast for Edwards in New Orleans on July 30 has sold out. In addition to 360 tickets for the main room, 200 have been sold for an overflow room.

A week later, Edwards will celebrate his birthday on Aug. 7.

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