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Jurors Accused Of Swiping Hotel Towels

May 22, 1986

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Jurors who stole the prosecution’s glory in the case against Gov. Edwin Edwards also stole the towels from the hotel where they were sequestered, the prosecutor said.

″I have a comment to make but I think it would be inappropriate to make it,″ U.S. Attorney John Volz said Wednesday.

The jury acquitted Edwards and four co-defendants on May 10 of federal fraud and racketeering charges. It was the second time Volz had prosecuted the case after a first jury failed to agree on a verdict last December.

After the second jury reached its verdict, half the jurors packed the towels and went home, the hotel says.

John Santopadre, owner of the St. Charles Avenue hotel, said the towels are worth about $200. He said the hotel won’t charge the government.

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