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New York Post: Slimeball Edwards Gets Off

From the New York Post:

Slimeball Edwards gets off – and hints at a comeback

June 1, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC — The sleazebag senator got off.

Former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards dodged serious jail time yesterday, when a jury found him not guilty on one count of campaign fraud and deadlocked on five others

You just have to love the way the New York Post sugarcoats things.

Judge Catherine Eagles let Edwards walk by declaring a mistrial on the five deadlocked counts. It’s unlikely prosecutors will attempt to retry Edwards — who could have been facing 30 years behind bars and $1.5 million in fines, sources said

After all, why would the Obama Justice Department would to prosecute a prominent Democrat like John Edwards?

The shameless ex-senator was so filled with excitement that he seemed to forget that he was still the most hated man in politics — and hinted at an attempt to revive his career. “I don’t think God’s through with me,” Edwards said outside court after the verdict. “I really believe he thinks there’s still some good things I can do.”

Even though his trial centered around the cover-up of a love child — Edwards vowed to fight for impoverished children. “And whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what I’m hopeful about is all those kids I’ve seen . . . I can help them — in whatever way I’m still capable of helping them,” he said…

The jury could only agree on count 3 against Edwards, which related to accepting illegal campaign contributions from 101-year-old supporter Rachel “Bunny” Mellon in 2008…

The jury deliberated for another 90 minutes before the judge agreed they were hopelessly deadlocked…

For the record, according to the Wall Street Journal, the jury "was predominantly male and disproportionately African-American. It was made up of eight men and four women; five blacks, six whites and one Latino. Many had blue-collar backgrounds, including two mechanics, a plumber and a retired firefighter. All were from the central part of the state, where Mr. Edwards grew up."

Federal prosecutors argued that Edwards had improperly used nearly $1 million to keep the nation from learning about his love child with Hunter during the 2008 presidential race.

Edwards’ defense team argued that the money was given to him not as a campaign donation, but as a personal gift to keep Elizabeth from learning about his relationship with Hunter…

And never mind that this was the count that the prosecutors had the most evidence for.

By the way, some of the jury members are already making the rounds of the morning talk shows. And at least three of them seemed to believe Edwards was guilty on at least some of the counts, but that the prosecutors just did not prove their case.

In fact, another one of the jurors told George Stephanopoulos: “I felt like the evidence just wasn’t there. It could have been more. It could have been a lot more than what it was.”

Which again makes you wonder how hard the Holder Justice Department really tried.

In any case, you have to wonder how long will it be before John Edwards has a CNN show.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 1st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “New York Post: Slimeball Edwards Gets Off”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Except for the smart people of Ohio, this con-man would have been VP. Folks bit as hard on Edwards as they did on ‘O’. How’s that aftertaste?

  2. Mithrandir says:

    When conservatives and libertarians finally figure out they can overturn liberalism and other obnoxious laws FROM THE JURY BOX, perhaps the smart people will stop skipping jury duty.

    You can spend $10,000,000 trying to elect people to pass reasonable marijuana laws, OR you can just convince the people not to convict, once on a jury. The prosecutor will just give up, as the failure rate will be very high, and nothing SHOCKS lawyers and prosecutors than a possible “L” on their resume.

    This is the next battle ground, send out the memo that conservatives must vote (thereby putting their name on the possible jury list) show up for cases, how to answer questions properly to get on the jury, how to vote once there. However, like usual, I am 15-20 years ahead of everyone else when it comes to strategy.

  3. yadayada says:

    in a world where the gay activists can get a federal court to rule that that DOMA is unconstitutional (mostly because DOJ decided not to defend DOMA)….
    do you really think the doj could get a conviction from a half-hearted attempt at prosecuting a simple marital affair?
    way at the botttom of the slippery slope.

  4. Enthalpy says:

    Edwards has helped enough. He ruined health care in North Carolina with his medical malpractice suits. His worth was estimated at $38 million. Doctors faced ever increasing insurance premiums. One doctor who had practiced for over 20 years and had no claims against him had his insurance triple.

    “I don’t think God’s through with me,” Edwards said outside court after the verdict.” We hope not!

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