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John Edwards Goes to Trial

“If his affair went public it would destroy his candidacy, and he knew it,” said prosecutor David Harbach. “His mistress was a loose cannon, and he knew it. He made a choice to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars. He made a choice to break the law. That is why we are here.” [...] “John Edwards is not afraid of the truth. He welcomes it,” said Edwards’ attorney Allison Van Laningham. “The truth may be a sin, but it is not a crime. John Edwards has not asked us to paint a picture of him as virtuous. … He admits he cheated. He admits he lied.” – John Edwards Trial: ‘Truth May Be a Sin … Not a Crime’

It began today.

Walter Shapiro* has an interesting piece up today on the tragic trial of the idiot pretty boy. Here’s one important snippet:

I am also told that there was an innocent, if comic, reason why Mellon shrouded the donations in secrecy. She wrote the checks to her decorator Bryan Huffman, ostensibly for furniture (“antique Charleston chair” read one memo), and the money was immediately signed over to Young’s wife. The subterfuge, I am told, was not designed to fool the FEC or federal prosecutors. Instead, the hush-hush maneuvering was designed to deceive the one person she feared–her sternly proper lawyer Alex Forger–and protect her from another lawyerly lecture on the folly of her infatuation with Edwards.

Josh Gerstein’s take is also worth a read.

It gets down to the intent of John Edwards, which no one knows but him.

Edwards better hope the jury has a different opinion of him than the latest poll. Though it should be understood that the people questioned in the polling give us our current crop of politicians in office. What do they know?

It takes a lot of courage and love for his daughter to stand beside him. He’s lucky to have her and I bet at this point in his life he knows it.

*The author of the article was misidentified as Jonathan Chait, but has been corrected.

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5 Responses to John Edwards Goes to Trial

  1. Sandmann April 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    It takes a lot of courage and love for his daughter to stand beside him. He’s lucky to have her and I bet at this point in his life he knows it.

    I agree. Nobody knows you when you’re down and out ~Jimmy Cox

  2. Lake Lady April 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    My heart breaks for her.

  3. jjamele April 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Any time we get tired of kicking this guy would be fine with me. He’s a poor excuse for a human being, but seriously, enough already.

  4. Lake Lady April 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Taylor…that first link goes to an article by Walter Shapiro

  5. spincitysd April 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57418386-503544/poll-just-three-percent-have-favorable-view-of-john-edwards/

    The CBS/NYT poll reveals that only 3 percent of those polled hold a favorable view of Edwards, who has been charged with misusing campaign funds.

    [Break]

    You think Edwards’cheating on his terminally ill cancer-stricken wife had anything with his low numbers among women? Na, I’m sure they had no problems with his deserting Elizabeth for two-bit floozy and New Age air-head deluxe Rielle Hunter.

    I wonder if we could bring back flogging round the fleet, just this one time, for Edwards*

    *Flogging round the fleet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_o'_nine_tails

    “The severest form of flogging was a flogging round the fleet. The number of lashes was divided by the number of ships in port and the offender was rowed between ships for each ship’s company to witness the punishment.”[3] Penalties of hundreds of lashes were imposed for the gravest offences, including sedition and mutiny. The prisoner was rowed ’round the fleet in an open boat and received a number of his lashes at each ship in turn, for as long as the surgeon allowed. Sentences often took months or years to complete, depending on how much a man was expected to bear at a time. Normally 250—500 lashes was when a man taking this punishment would kill him, as infections would spread.”[4] After the flogging was completed, the sailor’s lacerated back was frequently rinsed with brine or seawater, which served as a crude antiseptic. Although the purpose was to control infection, it caused the sailor to endure additional pain, and gave rise to the expression, “rubbing salt into his wounds,” which came to mean vindictively or gratuitously increasing a punishment or injury already imposed.

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