Posts tagged John Edwards
Posts tagged John Edwards
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.
Well, I’ll be damned…
From ABC News:
"A North Carolina jury found former Sen. John Edwards not guilty today on one of six counts in a campaign-finance trial, and declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on those counts.
Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, accused of soliciting nearly $1 million from wealthy backers to finance a cover up of his illicit affair and illegitimate child during his 2008 bid for the White House, was found not guilty on Count 3 of the six-part indictment.”
According to CNN, the verdict is expected to be read shortly.
Update: The verdict is on only one of six counts. Edwards was charged with six felony counts related to alleged improper use and acceptance of campaign funds
Update 3:24 PM EST: The judge has instructed the jury to resume deliberations after denying the defense’s motion for a mistrial on counts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. The jury reached a unanimous verdict on count three, which pertains to whether Edwards illegally received more than $700,000 in donations from wealthy heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon to cover up an illicit affair and subsequent child with mistress Rielle Hunter. The verdict has not been read.
Elizabeth Edwards, who as the wife of former Senator John Edwards gave America an intimate look at a candidate’s marriage by sharing his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination as she struggled with incurable cancer and, secretly, with his infidelity, died Tuesday morning at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 61.
In a life of idyllic successes and crushing reverses, Mrs. Edwards was an accomplished lawyer, the mother of four children and the wife of a wealthy, handsome senator with sights on the White House. But their 16-year-old son was killed in a car crash, cancer struck her at age 55, the political dreams died and, within months, her husband admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a campaign videographer.
She was amazingly strong and a true inspiration. She posted a brief, eloquent message to her Facebook page yesterday telling everyone goodbye. I think she knew.