Edwards’ biographer, Leo Honeycutt told the Baton Rouge Advocate on Thursday that Edwards, 83, has heard several possible dates but has no definitive word from the Bureau of Prisons.
The former governor is serving a 10-year sentence for a racketeering conviction. He entered prison in October 2002.
Speculation that Edwards will marry a much-younger girlfriend from Alexandria after his release is unfounded, Honeycutt said, quoting the four-time governor as saying that won’t happen.
The woman read Honeycutt’s biography last year and began corresponding with him, then visiting him and falling in love with Edwards, the author said.
Honeycutt said the former governor hopes he will be transferred in January to confinement at the Baton Rouge-area home of one of his children for approximately six months. Honeycutt said he and Edwards want to begin a series of book signings and speaking engagements.
He said that will not happen without the knowledge and permission of federal law enforcement officials.
Honeycutt said Edwards is very much aware he could be returned to prison until October 2012 and wants to do nothing that will irritate federal authorities.
That means public appearances may not occur until after July, he said.