Guilt and innocence turn on one question: Was the money that Edwards used to keep Rielle Hunter in quiet comfort a campaign contribution? Edwards says no; the cash came as gifts from rich friends who wanted to help him deal with a private indiscretion. The feds say yes; the money was intended to cover up an affair that would have sunk Edwards’ campaign for the White House, thus making it a campaign donation. – Los Angeles Times

I still can’t figure it out. What he’s done is absolutely despicable and criminally stupid, but I cannot find the actual crime.

If you want to know the absurdity of our criminal justice system, the John Edwards trial gives the bookend example to the prejudice faced by the poor and people of color. A potential 30-year sentence is obscene, not to mention never been given for what Edwards is accuse of doing, as far as I can tell from the commentary available.

Speaking of absurd, Rielle Hunter is still begging for secrecy. The judge told her she’s nuts.

The Department of Justice should be pulled on the carpet for the waste of what will be millions of dollars on this “Days of Our Lives” political soap opera.

The idiot pretty boy deserves scorn, which he’s gotten by the Google page, but this is 2012 and the “crime” dates back years and the case will likely go on for years, through appeals, if the jury goes against Edwards.

As for Andrew Young, I wouldn’t trust that schmuck, who wrote one thing in his tell all book, having to also sign off that everything in it was the truth, but is now turning his prior statements into confetti.

Campaign finance laws from 2008 have also been turned upside down at this point.

More from the Los Angeles Times, which matches much of the commentary around the sphere:

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations are now “people” and they are free to donate unlimited amounts of money to “super PACs” that “independently” promote candidates for president.

A corporate super PAC would have come in handy in 2008 when Edwards was trying to hide his girlfriend from his dying wife.

As for John Edwards allegedly calling Rielle Hunter “a crazy slut,” he should look in the mirror, something Edwards used to be very fond of doing.

Another part of the story that’s slowly being revealed is what Elizabeth Edwards knew and when she knew it, though only snippets of that have made it in the news. Suffice it to say that she knew more earlier than was previously believed.