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by c.b. forgotston
State Representative, Westwego (Jefferson Parish); Speaker of the House of Representatives when the casino bill passed the House.
State Senator, East Baton Rouge Parish; chairman, Senate Judiciary B Committee which oversaw gambling matters; involved in video poker bribery scandal; convicted of three racketeering related counts; sentenced after his 1997 conviction to three years and five months in prison and fined $20,000. (updated November 2002)
Mayor of City of New Orleans at the time the Rivergate was leased for the casino.
New Orleans city councilman at the time the Rivergate was leased for the casino; floor leader for the casino effort in the City Council.
Broadhurst, William "Billy"
Lobbyist, former law partner and a confidant of Edwin Edwards; partner in Hemmeter's Grand Palais group; New Orleans attorney; accused of taking kickbacks from river boat casinos; acquitted of the charges.
President of the Louisiana AFL-CIO (1956-1996).
First chairman of the Louisiana Economic Development and Gaming Commission; former FBI agent in New Orleans.
State Representative, New Orleans; Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives when the casino act passed.
Only four-term governor in the history of Louisiana; 1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996. On 6 November 1998, indicted on twenty-eights counts of violating federal racketeering laws (including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization [RICO] statute). Associates Eddie DeBartolo, Robert Guidry, Ricky Shetler, and Dempsey White pleaded guilty under leniency deals and their testimony. Others indicted in the federal racketerring case: son Stephen Edwards, Sen. Gregory Traver, Andrew Martin, Cecil Brown, and Bobby Johnson. Edwards was convicted, appeals denied, for extorting payoffs to influence the awarding of state riverboat casino licenses. He began serving a ten-year federal prison term on October 21, 2002. (updated November 2002)
Brother of Edwin Edwards.
Attorney, son of Edwin Edwards. On 6 November 1998, indicted on twenty-five counts of violating federal racketeering laws including RICO, extortion, extortion conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy. Stephen Edwards was convicted, appeals denied, and began serving a seven-year federal prison term on October 21, 2002 for his part in the riverboat casino license shakedown with his father, Edwin Edwards. (updated November 2002)
Attorney, Metairie, Louisiana; nationally known plaintiff attorney; lead partner in Jazzville group.
Hawaiian developer; led the Grand Palais partnership.
Lalonde, Raymond "Lala"
State Representative, St. Landry Parish; author of casino gambling bill; chairman, Criminal Justice Committee which oversaw gambling bills in the House.
Longtime Harrah's employee; first president of Harrah's New Orleans.
Mayor of the City of New Orleans at the time the temporary casino began operations; presided over the demolition of the Rivergate.
State Senator, St. Bernard Parish; President, Louisiana Senate during passage of the land-based casino law.
Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty"
State senator, Bogalusa, long-time Finance Committee chairman, served forty-eight years in the legislature; involved in video poker bribery scandal; aquitted; state reinbursed him for $97,500 legal fees incurred from his successful defense (under a decade-old law that authorizes the Legislature to reinburse public officials acquitted of charges connected to their official duties).
Longtime Harrah's in-house attorney; representative of Harrah's after bankruptcy.
Dallas based developer; New Orleans native; "Father of New Orleans land-based casino;" partner in Grand Palais.
Roussel, Louis III
A member of Jazzville 10; owned the first riverboat casino, Star, to be licensed and up and operating in Louisiana; Sammy Nunez distributed $2,500 checks for Roussel on the Senate Floor.
Former New Orleans Municipal Court Judge; longtime friend of Robinowitz; partner in Grand Palais. Elected Councilman-At-Large to the New Orleans City Council, 1998.
Longtime member of the New Orleans City Council; 1978-1994 represented District B where the Rivergate was located; 1994 became Councilman-At-Large; most influential pro-casino member of the Council when the city approved the Rivergate for destruction.
Chairman, Mirage Resorts, Las Vegas, Nevada.