I Can’t Get Enough of the John Edwards Trial

I am obsessed with the John Edwards trial.  I’ve been obsessed with this story since it first broke, even going so far as to read Andrew Young’s book about the scandal, “The Politician.”  It has everything you could want in a modern scandal.  Sex!  Intrigue!  Money! Even a sex tape!

Edwards is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts related to donations to and payments from his failed 2008 presidential campaign. He is accused of conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He denies any wrongdoing.

The testimony is this case so far has been nothing short of titillating, causing Above the Law to call the trial “Fifty Shades of John Edwards.”  John Edwards senior aide Andrew Young testified that Edwards called his mistress a “crazy slut” when he found out she was pregnant with his child.  And Young’s wife testified that she did not want to go forward with this “hiding the mistress” plan, but Edwards assured her it was not illegal.  She said, “I felt like everything had been dumped in my lap. Everybody was on board but me. I didn’t want the campaign to explode and for it to be my fault. I ultimately decided to live with a lie.”

Mrs. Young was cross-examined about her husband’s drug and alcohol use and whether he took so much Ambien he could not remember things.  Add in drug and alcohol use to the scandal!

I don’t know, I just am not sure how you get behind having your husband  lie and tell the world a baby is his.  And then go on the run with the woman who is carrying a presidential candidate’s baby.  Even if the presidential candidate assured me it was legal. Because it just seems wrong.

Whether or not it was wrong isn’t the question though.  The question is, was it illegal?  We may want to convict John Edwards for being the jerkiest jerk in all the land, but ultimately the question is, did he break campaign finance laws?

  • http://cheney.me Cheney

    I don’t know enough about this case to have any opinion on whether I think he was breaking laws (he probably was) but as I have not spent any time following his trial, I DO think it is interesting that in a trial about money and campaigning you hear things about sluts and drugged up spouses and hiding the secret baby. Oh, Amurika.

  • http://www.coreyjf.com Corey Feldman

    I haven’t followed the trail. I was a huge supporter until I realized what a scumbag he is. I feel betrayed, but I guess I’m asking myself the same question. I’d love to see him punished for his moral behavior, but did he break the law. I’ve been avoiding it, but maybe I’ll have to take a look at the trail to get a more informed opinion.

  • http://bathroomtileideashq.org Frances

    This is a tale of two scoundrels…John Edwards and Andrew Young. A nasty filthy cheatin’ snake and a theif who wanted to prosper personally off information he posessed. Young stole alot of this money n built a family home n pool. He took his family on fancy vacations. Andrew Young should b proscuted right after it is determined if Edwards broke theese laws. He is a sleeze…was he used by Young for access to cash????? Nasty awful psychopaths the both.

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