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August 15, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY
A memorable episode of "The X-Files" featured a serial killer who preyed upon psychics and fortunetellers. "You really should have seen this coming," he says, almost apologetically, as he descends on one of his victims. While psychics and spiritual mediums may provide a good laugh to skeptics, they are also big business, as the proliferation of late-night TV gurus such as Kenny Kingston and Miss Cleo demonstrates.
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March 17, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, the heiress, philanthropist and horticulturist who was a confidante of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and became a central figure in the trial of John Edwards by using her money to hide his mistress during his 2008 presidential campaign, has died at her Virginia estate. She was 103.  Her death was confirmed by her assistant, Tony Willis. Mellon was the granddaughter of the inventor of Listerine who gained even greater wealth when she married banking scion Paul Mellon.
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OPINION
May 29, 2007 | JONAH GOLDBERG, jgoldberg@latimescolumnists.com
THERE'S A LITTLE hustler in every politician. But sometimes there's a little politician in a hustler. Such is the case with John Edwards. Just last week, we learned that Edwards received $55,000 to give a speech, "Poverty, the Great Moral Issue Facing America," at UC Davis. The poor students who attended were charged $17 a ticket.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Rielle Hunter is sorry. Very, very sorry. Extremely, lots of, super sorry. And then some. Because that's how sorry you have to be when it's years after the fact? Hunter, infamous for her affair with then-presidential hopeful John Edwards, an affair that started in 2006 and was uncovered in 2007, has a book coming out, "In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. " To mark the occasion she wrote an essay for Huffington Post admitting her regrets.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2003
Should we have gone to war in Iraq? What would you have done differently? I've consistently argued that disarming Saddam Hussein, even if it meant the use of force, was necessary to defend America's security. Last fall, I co-sponsored and voted for the congressional resolution to authorize force against Iraq. One thing I would have done differently is plan better for a post-Saddam Iraq -- something this administration clearly did not do well.
OPINION
April 15, 2012 | By Stephen R. Weissman
Last week, jury selection began for John Edwards' trial in Greensboro, N.C. He's charged with accepting and concealing nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions during the 2008 Democratic presidential race. It's an extraordinary moment. Usually, allegations of campaign finance shenanigans are handled as civil matters by the bipartisan appointees on the Federal Election Commission. Unfortunately, the agency's most significant decisions have often loosened the bonds of campaign law. But Edwards has been charged in a federal criminal proceeding with "knowingly and willfully" breaking the law. That means a jury of regular folks, not Beltway partisans and lawyers beholden to the system, will determine his guilt or innocence.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has insisted that he broke no laws when he hid his pregnant mistress while seeking the nomination in 2008. Now, he's made that position official, pleading not guilty to federal criminal charges that he accepted nearly $1 million from two supporters to fund the deception. On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted Edwards, 57, on six counts of violating campaign finance laws, lying to the government and conspiring to protect his candidacy by breaking the law. The case against Edwards could rise or fall on whether the government is reaching too far and trying to hold Edwards to a higher election law standard than usual.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2012 | By David Zucchino and Matt Pearce
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jurors are set to resume deliberations Monday morning over whether John Edwards conspired to violate election laws to cover up an affair during his unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. They have sat through 17 days of oft-lurid testimony about Edwards' dalliance with Rielle Hunter and the baby they had together. Prosecutors say Edwards, 58, illegally solicited $925,000 from 101-year-old heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and the late Fred Baron, a Texas lawyer, to hide the child from Edwards' cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, and prevent his campaign from imploding in scandal.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Spurred by a Freedom of Information Act request from CNN, the government Wednesday released mug shots of indicted former presidential candidate John Edwards. Edwards pleaded not guilty in a North Carolina federal court earlier this month to charges that he funneled dollars intended for his campaign for use in an effort to shield his relationship with mistress Rielle Hunter from becoming public. A grand jury charged Edwards, 58, with six felony counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and evading laws that limit federal campaign limits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1991
John (Eddie) Edward Craven, who appeared in films and Broadway plays, has died at his Studio City home. He was 83. Craven died Tuesday of heart failure, said his son, Christopher Craven of Studio City. Born in New York City, Craven graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Economics. Craven, whose grandparents were founding members of the Boston Theatre Co.
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September 24, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles man serving a life sentence for murder was released Monday after prosecutors conceded that their star witness had perjured himself. During 19 years behind bars, John Edward Smith, a 37-year-old former gang member, adamantly maintained his innocence in the drive-by shooting, insisting that he was miles away at his grandmother's house at the time of the crime. His claims went unheard until three years ago, when a fledgling wrongful convictions group, Innocence Matters, took his case and identified problems with the testimony of the lone witness to identify him as the killer.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By James Rainey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If one figure looms large in absentia this week at the Democratic National Convention, it is John Edwards. The former U.S. senator plummeted in a seeming instant from his party's golden young man to a tortured tabloid cliché. Edwards infamously cheated on his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, and fathered a child with a campaign worker, then tried to cover up the mess. So the North Carolinian with the perfect hair and the sweet-tea voice is nowhere to be seen this week.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Rielle Hunter probably won't have America's shoulder to cry on after announcing today on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she and former presidential candidate John Edwards broke up just days ago. "We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple," Hunter said on the program. Hunter has been in the public eye of late due to her new memoir, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. " It details her controversial affair with Edwards while his wife, Elizabeth, was slowly losing her battle to cancer.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By David Zucchino
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.
NATIONAL
June 2, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Almost from the moment John Edwards was indicted a year ago, some legal analysts warned that a criminal case was nearly unwinnable. It was unprecedented and unwise, they said, to expect a jury to convict a politician for accepting money from friends to deal with an intensely personal matter. After a federal jury acquitted Edwards on one charge of violating election laws and deadlocked on five other charges, prompting a mistrial, the decision to prosecute a philandering politician for campaign finance fraud was still under debate Friday.
NEWS
June 2, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The trial of John Edwards is over, but the public soon will learn more details about his career-ending affair with Rielle Hunter. Edwards' former mistress has written a tell-all memoir, to be released June 26. The book, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me," details Hunter's affair with the former presidential candidate during the 2008 contest that led to an out-of-wedlock birth, campaign finance fraud...
NATIONAL
October 12, 2009 | Richard Fausset
So here, again, are two Americas. In one of them, John Edwards is little more than a late-night TV punch line. But in the other America, inhabited by North Carolinians like Claude Neville, the philandering politician and his beleaguered family are not celebrity abstractions, but flesh-and-blood neighbors. "If I see him again I'll speak nice," said Neville, who lives around the corner from Edwards' secluded, $6.7-million compound. "The Bible says you're supposed to forgive."
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By Michael McGough
To retry or not to retry. That is the question for federal prosecutors after the dusky verdict in the John Edwards trial. The answer, according to a report in USA Today , is that the toothsome and well-coiffed former North Carolina senator will be spared another courtroom ordeal. That's probably the correct and prudential decision following Edwards' acquittal on one count and a hung jury on five others.  It's possible that a different jury might convict Edwards on the  charges  that stymied this one, but  it seems more likely that the evidence that left this (apparently conscientious)
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By David Zucchino
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jurors in the John Edwards campaign finance trial resumed deliberations on Thursday afternoon after announcing they'd reached a verdict on one of six counts against the former Democratic presidential candidate - but not on the other five. Although the defense promptly requested a mistrial, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles told the jurors to try again to reach a unanimous decision on all counts. Already the jury was in its ninth day of deliberations. "It is possible you have already done what I have asked you to do," Eagles  said in addressing the jurors.  "It may only take you a few minutes" to decide they had done all they could do. The jury of eight men and four women must decide whether $925,000 in payments from two wealthy patrons were illegal campaign contributions during Edwards' failed race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
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