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POLL: Did John Edwards Get Away With a Crime?

Former presidential candidate is found not guilty on one charge of violating campaign finance laws.

After a very public trial, former presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty of violating campaign finance laws and the judge declared a mistrial on five other counts against him.

That means, unless the U.S. Justice Department decides to retry him, the criminal case against Edwards is over. He was accused of accepting more than the legal limit of campaign donations and of using that money to hide an extramarital affair. During that affair, with television reporter Rielle Hunter, Edwards fathered a child, whom he publicly acknowledged at the end of the trial.

Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was John Kerry's runningmate in the 2004 presidential election. He faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts, though the federal government has the option to retry him.

Do you think that Edwards' trial was fair? Or did he just get away with a crime?

unleb June 02, 2012 at 09:01 PM
While I am sorry for your sad past circumstances, I must say I completely disagree with your assessment. First off, the jury could not agree, after seeing much more evidence than we have, as to whether he in fact committed a crime with the funds on many of the counts, so I'm not sure how you can say with certainty that he did not commit a crime. Further, he proved himself to be a serial liar, willing to place others in harm's way to conceal his misdeeds. It has been my experience in life that someone who is willing to lie on a regular basis, and coerce others into lying for them, is a liar, and as such generally can not be trusted. Based on that, why in the world would he deserve the benefit of the doubt in this case?
Jack Heidle June 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The jury if fact did agree on one of the eight counts, and found him not guilty. No money he took in the cover up of this affair was funneled through his campaign. So it was a boot strap argument by the prosecution at best to say that he had use campaign funds to cover up an affair. It is not about the lying. People see having an affair on a dying spouse to be the lowest of the low things a person could possibly do. But we can't go stretching the law to unbeliveable lengths to define what he did as a crime. Maybe you are a stronger person that he or I and would not do what we did. But maybe as such a good person you could have a little understanding for the people who might not be as strong as you. If you can face the death of your spouse without the need for comfort from another person, even inappropriate comfort, then good for you. Please at least try to understand those of us who aren't that strong. Please forgive us. Being weak and being evil are two different things. And to answer your final question, if you know anything about the law, ALL defendants are legally entitled to the benefit of the doubt. That is what makes American justice system different from that of China or Nazi Germany.
Robert F. Galgano June 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
John Edwards was prosecuted for the crime of being a Democrat.
unleb June 04, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Hi Jack, You are correct of course, in the eyes of the law, he is entitled to, and has received, presumed innocence. That he is a serial liar leads me to believe that he is most likely lying about the campaign funds as well, which I am free to believe in this great country. He did not simply seek comfort during a difficult time, he fathered a child, lied about it, coerced an aide to lie about it, lied about multiple other details and facts throughout the process, and was running for public office all the while (which I would like to believe should hold him to a higher standard anyway...). Not sure if you were running for president when you went through a similar situation, not sure if you fathered a child, not sure if you forced an aide to destroy his career in order to lie and cover up for you. And lets clarify, the jury found him not guilty on one of 8 counts, and could not decide on the others, so there was clearly doubt in their minds as well.
unleb June 04, 2012 at 11:17 AM
And Robert, this kind of inane partisan blather is not even worthy of comment, and I hope that someday everyone will try to see issues for what they are, and not through the filter of either party's partisan idiocy... it will make politics in this country so much more intelligent.

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