Campaign Corruption Trial of John Edwards Starts Today
Matt | On 23, Apr 2012
John Edwards, the former 2008 presidential candidate, started this week off very differently than some of the people he ran against four years ago.
Edwards is sitting in a federal courtroom in Greensboro, North Carolina to begin his campaign corruption trial.
The events that led him to this dark place have been well-reported. By now, many know that Edwards fathered a child in mid-2007 with his mistress, Rielle Hunter. At the time, he was still married to his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth Edwards. The baby was born in February 2008 and by that August he dropped out of the race due to surging momentum from the Obama campaign.
It wasn’t the mistress and love child that got him in trouble, though. An investigation was launched to see if Edwards misappropriated nearly $1 million in campaign funds to cover up the baby Hunter and Edwards had together.
Edwards is facing up to 30 years in prison for the alleged act that he admits doing, but says was not illegal. His charges include six felonies and misdemeanors.
It would have been easier for Edwards to admit he had a baby by his jumpoff from the beginning and let the cards fall where they may on the presidential campaign. He was blown out of the water by Barack Obama from the very start of the primary season in 2008.
Now, not only is he NOT president, but his marriage disintegrated because of the mistress and baby. Elizabeth Edwards eventually lost her battle with terminal cancer in December 2010.
I’m interested to see how much, if any, jail time he will receive behind these charges.
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