Skip to comments.Justice Department drops remaining charges against John Edwards
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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Hmm, now he’s free to run against Obama, LOL.
Gee, if he was a republican do ya think—————??????
He’s and upstanding member for the leftist ruling class. You didn’t think he would actually serve time, did you?
Amazing, Scooter Libby never did anything wrong in the first place.
Pretty tough to build a case against driven snow no matter what the circumstance I guess.
There really are Two Americas, after all.
Democrats have the backs of Democrats. What further proof do you need to show how utterly corrupt that part is?
Democrats have the backs of Democrats. What further proof do you need to show how utterly corrupt that party is?
He may be amazingly slimy, even for a tort lawyer and a politician, but that's not against the law, AFAIK.
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
I just hope his fortune is substantially reduced after paying legal fees.
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.
So It Can Concentrate All Its Efforts On Sheriff Joe
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.
Great! Now Maobama can select him as his running mate!
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
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.