BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ After hearing hours of instructions, jurors in former Gov. Edwin Edwards' racketeering trial were handed the task today of deciding the fate of the former four-term governor.

Edwards and his six co-defendants are accused of trying to rig riverboat casino licenses and extort money from people who wanted the licenses.

It took a little more than three hours, not counting two breaks, for U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola to read the 96 pages of instructions to the jury.

Jurors and most of the defendants followed along as he read. Some jurors took notes and underlined phrases on their copies.