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John Edwards To Be Indicted On Criminal Charges

John Edwards To Be Indicted On Criminal Charges

June 03, 2011

RALEIGH – Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards reportedly will be indicted today on criminal charges that he broke campaign finance laws to cover up his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter.

ABC News, citing unnamed sources, says the indictment will be handed down in Raleigh today unless a plea deal is reached. A “person with knowledge of the investigation” says Edwards’ lawyer, Gregory Craig, planned to be in North Carolina today.

CNN says Edwards is “expected to be indicted…barring any last-minute developments.”

USA TODAY’s Fredreka Schouten and Kevin Johnson look at the legal issues surrounding the Edwards case in this story.

At issue is hundreds of thousands of dollars given to Hunter and Andrew Young by Edwards’ supporters, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron, to keep the pair in hiding. Prosecutors argue that the money amounted to illegal campaign contributions because they allowed Edwards to continue with his 2008 presidential bid.

Craig said in a statement last month that the federal government’s case against Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, is “wrong on the facts and wrong on the law.”

Much of the case has centered on testimony from Young, who claimed in 2007 that he was the father of Hunter’s daughter in order to help his boss.

Edwards initially denied the affair but admitted the relationship with Hunter, a campaign videographer, in 2008. At the time, he denied he was the father of Hunter’s daughter, Frances Quinn. Edwards did not admit paternity until 2010, the day before Young’s memoir was released.

If Edwards pleads guilty or no contest to a criminal offense, his law license could be in jeopardy and he would have to appear before the state bar. Before his entry into politics, Edwards won million-dollar verdicts for his clients and was one of North Carolina’s most successful trial lawyers.

The saga over Edwards’ affair has been a sordid chapter in the life of a one-time Democratic star. After years of winning over juries in medical malpractice and product liability cases, Edwards appealed to voters and defeated incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth in 1998 for a U.S. Senate seat.

Edwards ran for president in 2004, emphasizing “two Americas” for the rich and the poor, and eventually became John Kerry’s running mate. In 2008, staking his campaign on opposition to the Iraq war and in support of universal health care, Edwards was eclipsed in the Democratic primaries by Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Elizabeth Edwards died in December after a six-year battle with cancer. At the time, she and John Edwards were legally separated.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    No one is bigger than the system!

  • New_avatar_4_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I agree with SpencerStangz

  • Cops4christ_max50


    about 3 years ago


    spend yet more money to prove that he did wrong? don't like that too much...end his political career, make him pay the money back (like that's possible) and be done with it...
    don't think it would be a slam dunk, but i do think it will cost some big money either way

  • Picture1_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Be sure your sin will find you out... Nothing like good old Bible prophesy!

  • Imagesca4xarl3gatekeeper911_max50


    about 3 years ago


    alexy said it Best!....... I could care less if the government proves thier case or not. the man is a piece of trash who stood before god, his wife and thier families in a church and promised to forsake all others and when she was dieing of cancer he decided to forget all of that......................Big Bump Bro!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    BForJuvCor, what does Obama have to do with this? Believe me given how polarized and racially divided this country is, if your people (since you said "we") had some dirt, it would be out by now.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    "bout time they started locking up crooked politicians. Now what dirt do we have on Obama to put him away?

  • 1979_max50


    about 3 years ago


    For those of you that say this happens all the time well yes, the cheating on a spouse does BUT, in John Edwards case he spent almost a Million Dollars of taxpayers money to cover it up. THAT is what was so wrong and why he needs to face charges. It isn't because he couldn't keep it in his pants, it was because he used OUR money to hide it.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I read a shirt the other day that went something like this: Politicans and diapers are the same. They need to be changed often for the same reasons.

  • Car_004_max50


    about 3 years ago


    POS. Period!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    He is no different than any of the rest, he just got caught. High dollar politicians are no different than the rest of us, they put their pants on the same way as we do, they just take them off more often in the wrong places. What a ----head abandoning his wife in her final days for a "quickie" with a woman a lot uglier in looks and integrity than Elizabeth.

  • To_serve_and_protect_max50


    about 3 years ago


    This idiot was thinking with the wrong "head" what a goof! Feel bad for his wife and kids.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Well the Ambulance Chasing Attorney now has the FEDS chasing him. Let him talk and BS his way out of this in front of a jury...

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    about 3 years ago



  • Joefriday_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I could care less if the government proves thier case or not. the man is a piece of trash who stood before god, his wife and thier families in a church and promised to forsake all others and when she was dieing of cancer he decided to forget all of that.

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