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United States v. Edwards

303 F.3d 606 (2002)

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United States v. Edwards

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

303 F.3d 606 (2002)

Facts

The State of Louisiana issued licenses for riverboat casinos. A former governor of Louisiana, Edwin Edwards (defendant), together with his associates, ran an extortion scheme to obtain payments from applicants for riverboat-casino licenses in exchange for Edwards’s influence over the licensing process. Cecil Brown and Bobby Johnson (defendants) were associates of Edwards in the extortion scheme. Brown and Johnson promised to help two applicants obtain licenses in exchange for money but also threatened to make it impossible for the applicants to obtain licenses if they refused. Brown and Johnson were convicted of extortion. Brown and Johnson appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Benavides, J.)

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