With Edwards in the Governor's Mansion: From Angola to Free Man

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-05-18
  • Publisher: Pelican Pub Co Inc
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Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards forced his mansion staff--all convicted murderers--to "slave" for him in order to receive pardons. This is the inside story of one such "slave," Forrest Martin, who was sentenced to life in Angola State Penitentiary. Not only was he innocent, but he never had a trial and never pled guilty. The former high school football star served ten years of his sentence before being released. His story includes an underground boxing ring, being forced out of the law library by prison employees, and the corruption he witnessed at the Governor's mansion where he worked in exchange for a pardon.

Author Biography

Saint is now known as Forest C. Hammond-Martin, Sr., a proud father of six who dedicates his life to being a role model and educating at-risk youth. He is a boxing instructor who previously fought matches for Sugar Ray Leonard's Boxing Gym. Saint has also worked for the Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office. He lives his wife in Alexandria, Louisiana. Tom Aswell is an award-winning journalist who worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for twenty-five years. He is the author of Louisiana Rocks! The True Genesis of Rock and Roll, published by Pelican. Aswell lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Prologuep. 11
Krewe of da Mansionp. 17
Run, Forest, Run!p. 27
The Middleton Drug Store Shootoutp. 59
The Baton Rouge Criminal Justice Systemp. 83
The Pleap. 121
Louisiana State Peniversity at Angolap. 135
The Fighting Inmate Lawyerp. 153
Round One: Saint vs. the Criminal Justice Systemp. 181
Round Two: Short and Sweetp. 191
Leaving That Place, Angolap. 197
Voices and Echoes at the Mansionp. 203
Louisiana's Slavery Not Abolished-Just Hiddenp. 219
Convict Chefs and Butlers-Louisiana's Bestp. 225
The Setupp. 239
The Amazing Ball Runnerp. 253
Boxing, Tea Parties, Chess, and Footballp. 259
Serious Underlying Ramificationsp. 271
The First Couple on Trialp. 279
Fifteen Months of Building Pressurep. 285
Listening to a Still Small Voicep. 295
Epiloguep. 337
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