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John Edwards, Criminal or Idiot

John Edwards, if you don’t remember him this is the Democratic Candidate who while running for office was shown to have a pregnant mistress.  Apparently in 2007 he asked for hush money from 2 wealthy donors Fred Mellon and Rachael Mellon.  He asked for them to give his pregnant mistress hush money so that she wouldn’t reveal to the public that she was pregnant with his child and keep his image as a good family man.  John Edwards has been arrested and charged with campaign finance crimes.  Basically, just so I don’t have to write so much, there are very strict laws about how a candidate for any public office in america is allowed to receive money for his campaign, and how they are allowed to spend it.  This case isn’t  open and shut however because there are two basic questions.  One, was the money Edwards asked for his campaign, to keep up his image,  or was the money to help his marriage and to keep it in tact.  If the money was for his campaign, and to maintain his image then yes he broke the law, but if the money was to save his marriage then he broke no laws.  I repeat rich people can give other people money for personal matters whenever they want.  Here’s the other question, can he be prosecuted.  Edwards has already stated that he won’t take a plea deal, so this is going to trial.  Edwards reputation was heavily tarnished due to this incident, can he receive a fair trial?  Honestly, I think Edwards was criminally stupid.  He asked for that money to hide his affair, so he would get elected.  And with the backlash of Arnold Schwarzenegger hiding his affair, Edwards will get no sympathy in the public eye.

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