Judge cuts short Edwin Edwards' court supervision

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to cut short former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards' court supervision following

his release from prison.

Edwards was sentenced to three years of supervised release. His supervision lasted about 18 months before U.S. District Judge

Brian Jackson agreed Wednesday to end it early.

Edwards served eight years in federal prison

and six months of home detention after he was convicted in 2000 of

racketeering,

extortion and conspiracy for his role in a riverboat casino

licensing scandal. He was also fined $250,000 and ordered to forfeit

$1.8 million.

Jackson said Edwards fully complied with all of the terms of his supervision. Prosecutors and probation officials didn't object

to Edwards' request to end it early.

Later this month, A&E had planned to air

a debut episode of a reality television show about the 85-year-old

Edwards and his

third wife, 34-year-old Trina Scott Edwards. A network spokeswoman

said Thursday that the premiere date has been moved "due

to scheduling changes" but didn't know when it would air.

"Today is a happy day for the Edwards family!" Trina Edwards posted on her Facebook page. "Thanks to his exemplary conduct

and record while in prison Edwin has been granted an early release from probation. It's officially over and my husband is

FREE!!!"

"OMG!!!! My dad just got early release from probation!!!!" his daughter, Anna Edwards, posted on Facebook. "April 28, 1997

was the day the Feds busted into his home and office. Today the whole ordeal is over."