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Yes, John Edwards is a Dog, But So is This Case

Monday, June 06, 2011 - 09:31 AM

It’s a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. A handsome, charismatic and seemingly idealistic leader with the ambition to lead his nation (and the will and wealth to get there) is brought to ruin by his baser desires, undone by a midlife affair with a hanger-on, with whom he fathers a child – as his wife is dying of cancer.

Now, the wife is dead, the little girl is three years old, the other woman has faded from the headlines and the former Senator from North Carolina is facing charges of that he violated federal campaign finance laws by "secretly obtaining and using" contributions to conceal his mistress and their baby while he was running for president in 2008.

My question is this: What is the point of this indictment? A federal grand jury has been investigating John Edwards for two years to hand down these six-counts: One count for conspiracy, four related illegal payments and one involved false statements. If found guilty, Edwards faces a possible thirty years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

Before I say another word, let me say that, while I am not one of those journalists who shies away from stating political opinions (I have never made a secret of my time spent working for Al Gore, or my support of President Obama, for example, after he received the Democratic party nomination), I was never an Edwards supporter. I want my opinions on this case to be understood as independent of any political views I have about John Edwards, because they are. I think John Edwards was a fool, a disgrace to his party and a bad husband. But I also think the fact that the government is spending taxpayer money to prove Edwards misused campaign contributions is an ironic waste.

For one thing, they don’t have much of a case. The government can't convict John Edwards for being a fool, disgrace to his party or a bad husband. Half the people in DC would be behind bars, if that were the case. Think about the witnesses in this case alone: The other woman, Rielle Hunter, the former aide Andrew Young, who claimed initially he was the father of Rielle's baby in order to hide the baby's true paternity. These are the kinds of people we are dealing with here.

Second, does anyone really care? It’s true, very few Americans – read jurors – like John Edwards anymore. His star has plummeted from once-hopeful presidential contender to a man who stands accused of using trickery, deception and a pair of wealthy benefactors to hide his affair and love child from American voters. But this prosecution is unprecedented. The government is relying on an obscure 11-year old FEC advisory opinion to pursue a criminal case. And while jurors may judge Edwards’ personal choices harshly, it will be difficult to convince them that he broke the law.

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Comments [4]

Cherubim

Meanwhile.­.. the Wall Street bankers, businessme­n and con men are free to
break as many laws as they want without fear of prosecutio­n by the U.S. Justice Department­. Putting John Edwards in jail will not lower the U.S.'s umemployme­nt rate. Putting greedy Wall Street lawbreaker­s in jail might just do something about the economic turmoil the U.S. is experienci­ng; but now I believe that will never happen as long as the current ruling plutocracy is in charge

Jun. 09 2011 06:11 PM
David O from Seattle, WA

Jami,

You're extraordinarily beautiful and yet so stupid it's unreal. Perhaps you should ask yourself why is it that the jackass administration you're supporting is pursuing this and holding Edwards to a standard that you think he shouldn't be held to.

And while I'm here leaving this comment, one additional note. You're a commentator now for "World's Dumbest". I mean really.. you're along side Danny Bonaduce. Should you really be considering yourself a worthwhile commentator on the likes of either Edwards OR Palin?

Jun. 08 2011 10:47 PM
Solomon Kleinsmith from Omaha, NE

"Do people really care?" is frankly a stupid question to ask. The ONLY question that should matter to investigators is "do we have evidence that he broke the law?"

PERIOD.

Jun. 06 2011 12:11 PM
DENISE MCMILLON from DAYTONA BEACH

LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. IN A WORLD OF SIN THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES ON THE LIMB TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE ARE QUICK TO BE JUDGED AND RIDICULED BY THEIR BELOVED COUNTRYMEN WHO JUST HAVENT BEEN CAUGHT IN THEIR SINS. JOHN IS A MAN WHO HAS TO MEET HIS MAKER AND BE JUDGED. SO FOR ALL OF THE PERFECT PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN CAUGHT AND HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PASS AND RULE AND MAKE JUDGEMENT ON MR. EDWARDS DONT BE SURPRISED WHEN SOMEONE TAPS YOU ON YOUR SHOULDER TO BE JUDGED. MY PRAY IS FOR FORGIVENESS AND FOR JOHN'S FAMILY TO STAY WHOLE. GOD BLESS YOU MR. EDWARDS IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU.

Jun. 06 2011 12:09 PM

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