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    Edwards' lawyer in N. Carolina amid signs indictment or plea is near






    Edwards' lawyer in N. Carolina amid signs indictment or plea is near

    By Kevin Bohn, CNN Senior Producer
    UPDATED: 05:47 AM EDT 06.03.11

    John Edwards' lawyer Greg Craig was in North Carolina on Friday amid signs that the former senator and 2008 presidential candidate likely either will be indicted or he and the Justice Department will agree on a plea deal, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.

    The source, who refused to speak on the record due to the sensitivity of the matter, could not predict what the outcome will be.

    Earlier this week, CNN was told that a scheduled meeting of the grand jury hearing the case had been postponed. The grand jury probe has been ongoing.Sources last week said that prosecutors had been given authorization to bring an indictment against Edwards, but there have been discussions under way concerning a possible plea deal in which he would agree to plead guilty. The sources have refused to detail the state of those discussions.

    Edwards had not wanted to plead guilty to a felony, because he could lose his law license, a source familiar with the inquiry previously told CNN.

    The Associated Press first reported Craig's travel.

    The case involves the financial aid given to Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter. During their affair, Hunter became pregnant with Edwards' baby, though at first he denied he was the father.

    While prosecutors believe the monetary help given to Hunter by two of Edwards' political backers should have been considered campaign donations, defense attorneys disagree.

    Edwards' attorney Craig has said his client "has done wrong in his life, and he knows it better than anyone, but he did not break the law." He said the government's theory of the case "is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law."

    The government is believed to be building its case that Edwards violated campaign finance law on an 11-year-old advisory opinion issued by the Federal Election Commission, which asserted that a gift to a candidate for federal office would be considered a campaign contribution, a source with knowledge of the inquiry said this week.

    The decision, dated June 14, 2000, is known as "Harvey." It's named after a man named Phillip Harvey who sought guidance from the FEC because he wanted to give money to someone who was preparing to run for federal office, but didn't want the money to be used for campaign purposes.

    The opinion is important because Hunter received more than $1 million from two contributors - 100-year-old philanthropist Rachel "Bunny" Mellon of Virginia and attorney Fred Baron, who has since died.

    Edwards' attorneys have said that the money was not and should not be considered political contributions.

    If it wasn't a political contribution, what was it? The most widely reported theory -- which the Edwards team has publicly neither confirmed nor denied -- is that the money was given to keep Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, from finding out about his mistress and child.

    The source with knowledge of the inner workings of the case and other legal observers have noted that the advisory opinion is shaky ground to base a federal prosecution on because it is not a black-letter federal statute, and apparently has not been cited in any important case law, or as legal authority behind any important court decisions.

    Federal prosecutors in North Carolina have declined to comment on the case because it is a matter relating to a grand jury.

    Other experts have said the Justice Department would have a strong case in court if it could prove Edwards knew about the funds and what they were being used for - a contention he has denied.

    From CNN.com
    Last edited by Curt James; 06-03-2011 at 06:55 AM.

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    Other experts have said the Justice Department would have a strong case in court if it could prove Edwards knew about the funds and what they were being used for - a contention he has denied.
    Judge Napolitano said its almost guaranteed there will be some jail time on the horizon. I just cant see it happening. Probably restitution/community service.

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    Edwards jailed? Nah, I don't see that happening either.

    X2 on the restitution and community service, though.


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    Can't you just picture Johnny scrubbing down a firetruck. lol I was surprised when I saw the chick that he was porking. It's amazing what some of these high profile cats will bang (Edwards, Clinton, Tiger, etc). These are guys you'd think could shag super models, yet they're hitting substandard tailpipe.

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    And they're calling the Young guy, the assistant, an enabler and criticizing him that he didn't tell Edwards -- a freaking presidential candidate -- that he couldn't act like this (have an affair). Wtf? Since when does a grown man need someone to tell them how to behave? Gtfo!

    I wouldn't have Edwards as president of the PTA much less the United States. Weak!
    "B-b-but, your Honor, if Andrew Young hadn't enabled me then..."
    STFU!

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    It's not like it ruined his political career tho. It was over before he even announced that he was running last time around. He'll have to go back to chasing ambulances, although his media problems may interfere with his law practice.

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    ^ The one article or newscast stated he is -- or could be -- in danger of losing his license to practice law. No more chasing ambulances then, right?

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    IDK if I agree with that. I say leave the skirt chaser alone. Then again, how dare he challenge the anointed one for the nomination.

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    Why do these assholes do shit like this? They think they are above everybody else. In a way they are. People continue to vote for them so somebody thinks they are somehow good enough to hold political office. Fact is most aren't fit to express a dog's infected anal glands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearsMcGilf View Post
    IDK if I agree with that. I say leave the skirt chaser alone. Then again, how dare he challenge the anointed one for the nomination.
    I say how dare he pretend to be better than everybody else and a paragon of proper living when the truth is the exact opposite.

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    Werd. He's a dirt bag no doubt. His wife was dying of cancer whilst he was plowing whatever he could get his hands on. Who knows how many broads he was banging in reality. He was only caught with one. Truth is, politicians are no different than the rest of us. They have skeletons in their closets like anyone else.

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    I'm just sick of these guys running on a squeaky clean image and acting surprised when they get caught with their dick in the nookie.

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    Werd. At least it could be some descent nookie. Look at Tiger. That knig was banging a Waffle House waitress and a pr0n star, when he had a super model at home. Sup with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearsMcGilf View Post
    Werd. At least it could be some descent nookie. Look at Tiger. That knig was banging a Waffle House waitress and a pr0n star, when he had a super model at home. Sup with that?
    Might make one assume that the aforementioned super model was not a super freak. Poor Tiger.

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    Hey, regarding Romney in 2012, what scuttled his campaign last time?

    (Googles)

    "In a nationwide poll conducted on January 2, 2008, Romney was placed first among Republican voters nationally. However, he came in second in the Iowa caucuses to Mike Huckabee. Romney followed up with his first win of the campaign season in the Wyoming caucus, although it received little media attention. He then lost the New Hampshire primary to John McCain"

    From Mitt Romney presidential campaign, 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And did you see this? Ooof!



    See also http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_855881.html

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