Former Gov. Edwin Edwards Unhappy his Pardon Effort Opposed by Vitter

Edward and wife Trina Grimes

Edward and wife Trina

Lafayette TV station KATC is reporting that former Gov. Edwin Edwards is peeved that Sen. David Vitter has come out against Edwards getting a presidential pardon.

The station notes that Edwards’ second wife, Candy, petitioned for a pardon for her husband in 2003, and now Edwards’ third wife, Trina Scott Edwards, is doing the same.

But both times around, Vitter has publicly opposed them and idea of a pardon.

“It’s not in his nature to be kind to people, they don’t call him bitter Vitter for nothing,” Edwards tells the station.

Edwards recently completed serving more than eight years of 10-year prison sentence on federal corruption charges for shaking down businessmen seeking to get riverboat casino licenses.

Trina Edwards said she received a letter from Vitter’s office, saying he thinks a Presidential Pardon would be inappropriate. This is the letter Trina posted on her Facebook page:

“Dear Mrs. Edwards,

Thank you for contacting me in support of a presidential pardon for former Governor Edwin Edwards. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, the President of the United States has Constitutional authority to grant pardons at his sole discretion to anyone except those convicted of impeachment. Nothing in the Constitution grants Congress or the courts authority to overturn presidential pardons.

In his last days in office, President Bush did not issue a large number of pardons, including denying Governor Edwards’ application for one. Also, President Obama has not indicated a position on pardoning Gov. Edwards. I do not think a pardon for Gov. Edwards is appropriate given his convictions related to official duties.

While we may disagree on this issue, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues important to you. “

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~ by neworleansmusicman on October 21, 2011.

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