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Justice Department drops remaining charges against John Edwards
news.yahoo.com ^ | 6/13/12 | Liz Goodwin

Posted on 06/13/2012 1:58:05 PM PDT by Justaham

The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will give up its criminal case against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, NPR reports.

In May, a deadlocked North Carolina federal jury found Edwards not guilty of one charge of accepting illegal campaign donations. The group couldn't reach a decision on five other felony charges, including one alleging that Edwards knowingly used $1 million in secret campaign donations from wealthy donors to support his mistress. Edwards could have faced 30 years in prison if convicted.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said in a statement that the Justice Department put forward its best case. "The jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on five of the six counts of the indictment, however, and we respect their judgment. In the interest of justice, we have decided not to retry Mr. Edwards on those counts."

The prosecution was short on proof that Edwards knew about the payments or that he knew that accepting them was illegal. "As noted by nearly every campaign finance lawyer who considered the matter, this was a lousy case," Melanie Sloan, director of the campaign finance watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics told the Associated Press after the trial. "All the salacious details prosecutors offered up to prove that Edwards is, indeed, despicable, were not enough to persuade the jury to convict him."

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TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: edwards; johnedwards; johnedwardsfree; silkypony

1 posted on 06/13/2012 1:58:10 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Hmm, now he’s free to run against Obama, LOL.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 1:59:54 PM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way...)
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To: Justaham

Gee, if he was a republican do ya think—————??????


3 posted on 06/13/2012 2:01:09 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a dimorat says"The American people" the next words will be a lie.)
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To: Justaham

He’s and upstanding member for the leftist ruling class. You didn’t think he would actually serve time, did you?


4 posted on 06/13/2012 2:05:52 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: taillightchaser
Gee, if he was a republican do ya think—————??????

Amazing, Scooter Libby never did anything wrong in the first place.

5 posted on 06/13/2012 2:06:05 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Justaham

Pretty tough to build a case against driven snow no matter what the circumstance I guess.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 2:08:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Justaham

There really are Two Americas, after all.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 2:09:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Justaham

Democrats have the backs of Democrats. What further proof do you need to show how utterly corrupt that part is?


8 posted on 06/13/2012 2:11:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Justaham

Democrats have the backs of Democrats. What further proof do you need to show how utterly corrupt that party is?


9 posted on 06/13/2012 2:12:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Justaham
"The prosecution was short on proof that Edwards knew about the payments or that he knew that accepting them was illegal. "As noted by nearly every campaign finance lawyer who considered the matter, this was a lousy case,"

He may be amazingly slimy, even for a tort lawyer and a politician, but that's not against the law, AFAIK.

10 posted on 06/13/2012 2:19:18 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Justaham
So they can devote more resources to go after George Zimmerman.

-PJ

11 posted on 06/13/2012 2:22:54 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Justaham
The only thing the left does well - they protect their own, no matter how hideous the crime.
This one was easy for them. It was praiseworthy. It was Clintonesk.
12 posted on 06/13/2012 2:23:54 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Justaham

Sure, I’ve got lot’s of senile rich old lady friends who would give me $1 million because they are awed at my beautifully cut hair.

Of course the fact that I’m running for President is totaly inconsequential!

Now with Elizabeth dead, Hunter and kid doing well, maybe Edwards has time for a new career as OJ’s caddie, or maybe even getting a date with the newly fat, yet single, Casey Anthony


13 posted on 06/13/2012 2:30:23 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Justaham

I just hope his fortune is substantially reduced after paying legal fees.


14 posted on 06/13/2012 2:35:53 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Noob1999

The truth is that there are a thousand millionaire idiots in America....who’d donate secret money to some political figure like this, and not care. Just make up a story about some hidden girlfriend, and they’d hustle cash to you or write out a check.


15 posted on 06/13/2012 2:36:37 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Justaham
You forgot the rest of the headline......

So It Can Concentrate All Its Efforts On Sheriff Joe

16 posted on 06/13/2012 2:37:04 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Justaham

John Edwards and Jon Corzine free as birds while Mr. and Mrs. George Zimmerman languish in jail. That’s pretty much all you need to know about modern-day America, right there.


17 posted on 06/13/2012 2:40:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Justaham

Great! Now Maobama can select him as his running mate!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AE847UXu3Q


18 posted on 06/13/2012 2:41:44 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Justaham

This sounds like it should have been a slam dunk with the damning evidence. The “jus’ dis” department must have really zealously prosecuted this one. /sarc


19 posted on 06/13/2012 2:44:16 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The Edwards cooked trial result is bait for the Pubbies’ campaigns — and should not be risen to. Thanks Justaham.

I know I shouldn’t end my sentences with prepositions, but will continue to.


20 posted on 06/13/2012 2:45:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Justaham
Justice Department drops remaining charges against John Edwards

THE SKANK SKIPS!!

21 posted on 06/13/2012 2:50:30 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: Justaham
Karma is a bitch...Edwards will get his in the end. One way or another.
22 posted on 06/13/2012 2:52:06 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: Justaham

Now they can move onto much more productive things like Roger Clemons and steroids, while the country careens over a fiscal cliff.


23 posted on 06/13/2012 2:52:19 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: Justaham

He was going to be let off anyway. When they said a jury member was flirting with him; I knew the fix was in to let him off.


24 posted on 06/13/2012 2:53:36 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Justaham

Good. Get the government out of campaigns! If I want to gift thousands to hush up my favorite politician’s scandal that’s my business.


25 posted on 06/13/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Along with Bill Ayers and his wife.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 3:21:04 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: Justaham

No surprise here.


27 posted on 06/13/2012 4:39:04 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Justaham
Clinton's still meandering around. Who's surprised?
28 posted on 06/13/2012 5:39:35 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Sooth2222

“The prosecution was short on proof that Edwards knew about the payments or that he knew that accepting them was illegal. “

So he claimed them as a personal gift on his taxes?


29 posted on 06/13/2012 7:22:42 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tublecane

Good. Get the government out of campaigns! If I want to gift thousands to hush up my favorite politician’s scandal that’s my business.

If your favorite politician needs thousands to hush up a scandal, you shouldn’t be voting.


30 posted on 06/13/2012 7:24:38 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

My understanding is yes the payments were treated as gifts and gift taxes were paid on them.


31 posted on 06/13/2012 10:38:00 PM PDT by The Man
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To: The Man

My understanding is yes the payments were treated as gifts and gift taxes were paid on them.

Okay, so it probably was kind of gray. Maybe the verdict was reasonable.


32 posted on 06/14/2012 3:28:13 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Justaham

Edwards is a moral slimebag, but this was never a good case. Typical corrupt prosecutors looking for headlines.


33 posted on 06/14/2012 4:13:51 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: freedomfiter2

“Okay, so it probably was kind of gray. Maybe the verdict was reasonable.”

Actually, it was a no-brainer. The standard under the law is whether the contributions were made with the purpose of influencing a federal election. Not the SOLE purpose, merely a purpose, recognizing that any contribution might have multiple motivations (e.g., presumably it’s easier to secure contributions from family and friends than perfect strangers, but does not make them any less of a political contribution?).

Thus, all the jury had to do was ask a simple question. If Silky Pony weren’t running for president, do I believe these “friends” of Edwards would have kicked him $1 million to help him out of a personal jam? The question answers itself.


34 posted on 06/14/2012 5:31:52 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Justaham

Now that he is off the hook, maybe he’ll be offered the #2 slot replacing Biden. I’m sure the MSM and the Libs would back him to the hilt if he was. Dems have no shame.


35 posted on 06/14/2012 6:30:38 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Justaham

If there wasn’t an income tax law this case wouldn’t even have existed. Just look at how much of our taxpayer money was spent on this crap.


36 posted on 06/14/2012 6:54:38 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: DrC

“The standard under the law is whether the contributions were made with the purpose of influencing a federal election. Not the SOLE purpose, merely a purpose, recognizing that any contribution might have multiple motivations...all the jury had to do was ask a simple question. If Silky Pony weren’t running for president, do I believe these ‘friends’ of Edwards would have kicked him $1 million to help him out of a personal jam?”

There’s another question all juries should ask themselves: is the law just? If it isn’t they have no legal or moral obligation to convict. Since it is none of the business of government what monies are or are not intended to influence an election, Edwards ought by right to go free no matter what the law says.

Get government out of election funding!


37 posted on 06/14/2012 10:54:37 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: DrC

I’m convinced. You should’ve prosecuted the case.


38 posted on 06/14/2012 2:39:17 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tublecane

“Since it is none of the business of government what monies are or are not intended to influence an election, Edwards ought by right to go free no matter what the law says.”

As one just asked to serve on a jury, I have to disagree. If a law bothers me, I should lobby my legislator(s) to change it. But so long as a law is on the books, I think it’s my moral obligation as a juror to apply the law as at is written, not as I wish it were written. For 12 jurors to effectively take the law into their own hands, as you describe, is a recipe for chaos, IMHO.

I’m no defender of campaign finance laws. But until they’re overturned, everyone needs to follow the same set of rules. Otherwise you end up with a system that rewards lawbreakers. Is that really the world you want to live in?


39 posted on 06/14/2012 3:44:10 PM PDT by DrC
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To: DrC

“If a law bothers me, I should lobby my legislator(s) to change it.”

You can do that. But the legislator is not sovereign. You are, at least theoretically. Most of the time we have to rely on representatives to inact our will, according to the republican system we’ve set up and in which I believe. Juries, however, are the one instance in which the sovereign citizen directly touches government power. It is here you can and should effect your will.

“so long as a law is on the books, I think it’s my moral obligation as a juror to apply the law as at is written”

Well, you’re wrong. No principle of law or morals trumps your sovereingty, unless we switch to some other justification for government. I suggest you read up on the term Jury Nullification.

“For 12 jurors to effectively take the law into their own hands, as you describe, is a recipe for chaos, IMHO.”

No, chaos is the law as handed down to us from above. That’s a perfect term for the kind of life lived knowing at any time you could be guilty of any number of laws of which you’ve never heard. We have an overabundance of them, as people from every ideology seem to agree. Jury nullification is an important check on government-inspired chaos. They go too far sometimes, and it’s our job to slap them back in line. Not just on election day, but in the jury box as well.

“Otherwise you end up with a system that rewards lawbreakers”

Why shouldn’t it, if the laws are unjust?

“Is that really the world you want to live in?”

That is the world I live in. Jury nullification is from time out of mind.


40 posted on 06/16/2012 11:07:56 AM PDT by Tublecane
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