I don’t know… I didn’t think the prosecution proved Edwards knowingly and willingly misused funds himself. It was likely a combination of him and his staff. I believe he’s guilty of misuse of funds, yes, but not beyond a reasonable doubt in regards to it being done at his direction. However, the jury was out for so long, I figured they were going to convict on at least once count.
Either way, he threw away a promising political career and severely damaged his foundation, Half in Ten, that was doing excellent work on erasing income inequality. This verdict doesn’t erase his conduct, the hell he put his family through, and the existence of his child with Rielle Hunter. Imagine when that little girl Googles herself one day.
I’m very disappointed in/disgusted with Edwards. His downfall was part Shakespearean, part Jerry Springer. And I have a feeling the drama isn’t over. A hung jury means he could be retried. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be retried on the other five counts.