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Edwin Edwards through the years
Photos of the controversial former governer of Louisiana.  Edwards was released from federal prison on Thursday.
 
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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, center, gestures as he answers questions during a news conference on the steps of the federal court house in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. Edwards, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $250,000 for extorting payoffs from businessmen applying for riverboat casion licenses. Joining Edwards is his attorney Daniel Small, left, and his wife Candy, second from right. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
 
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