Former Louisiana governor released from prison

(CNN) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was released from federal prison Thursday after serving about 10 years, the federal Bureau of Prisons said.

Edwards was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion after prosecutors said he asked for payoffs from people who applied for riverboat casino licenses in New Orleans in the 1990s.

Edwards, 83, had pursued a pardon from President George W. Bush, but never got one. He began serving his sentence in February 2001.

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