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April 27, 2012 | By David Horsey
The more I read about John Edwards' shenanigans during the 2008 presidential campaign, the more I'm convinced he is a mirror-gazing, fork-tongued, tramp-chasing weasel. But the more I read about the federal case against him, the more sure I am that he does not deserve to go to jail. The trial to determine if Edwards broke campaign finance laws has begun and it promises to be as lurid and titillating as Ken Starr's vivid account of President Clinton's fling with Monica Lewinsky. Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, is likely to take the stand.
April 26, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. — After days of salacious testimony about a mistress, a love child and naked political ambition, John Edwards' criminal campaign finance trial focused Wednesday on the credibility of the prosecution's chief witness. In the first of what is expected to be several days of cross-examination, the defense sought to portray former Edwards aide Andrew Young as an opportunist who profited from the rise and fall of the aspiring presidential candidate. As he questioned Young, defense attorney Abbe Lowell held up a copy of Young's tell-all book about Edwards, "The Politician," and highlighted inconsistencies between Young's testimony and the book, as well as his TV appearances to promote the book.
April 25, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A former aide to John Edwards on Tuesday described the detailed plans he said the former presidential candidate devised to hide his extramarital affair and his mistress' pregnancy, including accepting money from a wealthy benefactor to pay for his paramour's expenses. Andrew Young, the prosecution's chief witness, testified throughout the second day of the criminal trial against Edwards, who is accused of six counts related to campaign finance violations. Young testified that he approached a number of Edwards supporters seeking money to pay the living and healthcare expenses for mistress Rielle Hunter, who gave birth to Edwards' daughter.
April 24, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Kim Geiger
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A former aide to John Edwards testified Tuesday about the lengths the former presidential candidate went to to hide his affair with a campaign videographer, including raising money from wealthy benefactors to help support the woman, developing code words to conceal his communication with her and crafting an elaborate payment scheme to route money to her. In his second day of testimony, Andrew Young said he felt uneasy about...
April 24, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A desperate politician willing to break federal laws to get elected president? Or a husband and father trying to protect himself and his family from humiliation from public disclosure of his extramarital affair? Those were the starkly different portraits of John Edwards presented during opening arguments Monday, the first day of the former presidential candidate's criminal trial on charges that he violated campaign finance laws. Edwards is accused of accepting more than $900,000 from benefactors to pay for expenses of his mistress and hide the affair from his family - revelations that could have derailed his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
April 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Opening statements are set for today in the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards, as federal prosecutors try to prove that more than $900,000 paid to Edwards by two wealthy benefactors during his run for the White House should have been reported as campaign contributions because the money flowed to his mistress to preserve Edwards' image as a "family first" candidate. Edwards' defense team is expected to argue that the payments were gifts from wealthy friends and the money was used for expenses unrelated to the 2008 campaign.
April 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Kim Geiger
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Two portraits of John Edwards emerged in opening arguments at the trial of the disgraced politician, who is accused of breaking campaign finance laws by accepting more than $900,000 in illegal contributions to help conceal an extramarital affair during his 2008 bid for president. The prosecution on Monday portrayed Edwards as a liar and a deceiver who went to great lengths to cover up his affair to protect his campaign image as a family man. The defense portrayed him as a man who committed a sin - a sin Edwards acknowledges - but did not break the law. The former senator from North Carolina has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations.
April 22, 2012 | By Richard Simon
GREENSBORO, N.C. - In a federal criminal case that has the markings of sex, money, betrayal and a handsome politician's fall from grace, former presidential candidate John Edwards' trial for alleged campaign finance violations opens Monday in Greensboro, N.C. Edwards is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in illegal contributions during his 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to pay the expenses of his mistress and hide the...
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.
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