June 14, 2012 |
Disgraced politician John Edwards had his say , though not on the witness stand. Andrew and Cheri Young had their say , in court, in print and, possibly, in an Aaron Sorkin movie. Before she died of breast cancer in December 2010, Elizabeth Edwards had her say, in a memoir she called “Resilience.” The government had its say , when it unsuccessfully prosecuted Edwards for misuse of campaign funds. And the people spoke as well, when a jury acquitted Edwards on one count of campaign finance violations and deadlocked on five others.
June 13, 2012 |
DURHAM, N.C. - A year after indicting former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on campaign finance fraud charges, the Justice Department on Wednesday dismissed all remaining charges against the former North Carolina senator. The dismissal came 13 days after a federal jury in Greensboro, N.C., acquitted Edwards of one felony charge and deadlocked on five others, prompting a mistrial. Jurors later said prosecutors did not offer convincing evidence that Edwards had used campaign donations to hide his pregnant mistress and save his campaign for the 2008 presidential nomination from scandal.
May 31, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Justice Department's attempt to convict John Edwards of campaign finance fraud failed Thursday, with a federal jury rejecting the complex felony case against him. But minutes later, Edwards himself delivered an abject confession and apology on the courthouse steps with his family at his side. "While I do not believe I ever did anything illegal … I've done an awful, awful lot that was wrong," Edwards said after jurors found him not guilty of one charge of violating federal election laws.
May 24, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. — For a fourth day Wednesday, the jury in the John Edwards trial deliberated without reaching a verdict in a case focused on an illicit affair and federal campaign finance laws. The jury of eight men and four women must decide whether Edwards violated election laws when payments from two wealthy donors were used to cover up his affair with videographer Rielle Hunter during Edwards' failed run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Prosecutors contend that Edwards solicited $925,000 in illegal contributions from the donors in order to hide the affair and keep his campaign from collapsing in scandal.
May 24, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jurors in the John Edwards campaign finance trial on Thursday ended a fifth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict, but not before requesting 20 exhibits involving payments from one of two wealthy benefactors at the heart of the case. The jury reviewed invoices for payments by the late Fred Baron, Edwards' campaign finance chairman, that helped hide Edwards' mistress at luxury hotels and resorts. The only defense exhibit requested was a chart of payments from Baron and Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a billionaire heiress, during Edwards' campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
May 22, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A federal jury in the political corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards deliberated for a second day Monday without reaching a verdict, as Edwards quietly awaited his fate inside a federal courthouse. The jury of eight men and four women requested seven prosecution exhibits. Among them were emails in 2006 and 2007 that discussed $725,000 provided to Edwards by wealthy heiress and supporter Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, now 101, during Edwards' campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination.