Edwards to Face Criminal Charges

The Justice Department reportedly plans to accuse John Edwards of misusing presidential campaign funds to cover up an affair.

Comments: 125

  1. Justice Dept.? What a travesty, how about prosecuting the banksters who brought the economy down.

  2. Shocking!

  3. Throw away the key after you lock him up.

  4. What a waste of taxpayer funds! His wife has died and everyone involved has already payed and suffered enough.

    What is up with Obama's DoJ? Going after Edwards, defending DOMA, and on and on. In the meantime, not a single executive responsible for the housing crisis or any other crisis has been investigated or charged.

    That's criminal!

  5. He deserves it.

    And I say that as someone who supported his campaign and believes that his "Two Americas" theme is correct; that it had a flawed messenger.

  6. Fine, but get the big bankers and insurance companies first, or this doesn't make sense.

  7. Nice work justice department!!! When it comes to steroids, infidelity, or leaking something to the press - they are all over it. Steal $700 Billion for the tax-payers and... and... is that crickets I hear chirping? And where did everybody go?

    I didn't think we could possibly get anyone worse than Alberto Gonzales, but Eric Holder is starting to give him a run for his money.

  8. Anybody think a Republican JD would have done this in the Ensign case?

  9. Obama's Justice Department will go after Edwards for a relatively minor transgression, but a transgression nonetheless. However, they will not go after Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the lot for the torture of hundreds and the outright murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians....!

  10. Election coming. Pleas bargain in the works. Gotta get this mess off the front page...

  11. Long overdue! Let's hope that this case proceeds with speed but with Edward's low life tactics he will probably cop a plea bargain.

  12. That is great news! Pretty boy has some serious bad karma to work off. It would be great for him to spend work it off in jail..

  13. He is paying dearly, with his life, his relationships, his finances, all for this affair. What a fool.

  14. I wonder how much this will cost the taxpayers.

  15. And if Edwards had been elected in 2004, it would have been Spiro Agnew all over again. As for John Kerry, one can't help but wonder what did he know, and when did he know it?

  16. Sleazy John is getting his comeuppance.

  17. Serves him right.

  18. Good. After you're done with that slime, next on the radar screen, ex-Senator John Ensign. While you're at it, his friend Senator Tom Coburn, the gynecologist who tried to claim doctor patient confidentiality to refuse to disclose what he knew about Ensign's buying off of the cuckolded husband in the C Street house he shared with Ensign, which they tried (vaily) to have a tax break on as a 'church.'

  19. I guess there really are "two Americas".

    The America where you use campaign funds to cover up your affair and love child with a "New Age healer" while professing false solidarity with the working man, and the America where you aren't a liar and a hypocrite.

    I cannot believe that this man came so dangerously close to getting the Democratic nomination.

  20. It's fine by me if the likes of John Edwards and Roger Clemens are prosecuted for their crimes.

    But for the good of this country, where are ALL THE CHARGES against Goldman Sachs, Countrywide, AIG, etc., et. al?????

  21. Typically, misuse of funds other than embezzlement or other theft would be campaign finance law offenses, which are not criminal violations. If you give to a campaign, you expect that your funds won't be stolen, but beyond that, there's no certainty what they'll be spent on. If they're spent in violation of FEC rules, then the campaign can be fined. Hush-money paid for non-criminal stuff isn't criminal. It's political, very much so.

    All that said, I believe the Enquirer was wrongly denied a Pulitzer for breaking the story. Others said they could have printed the news, but they did not print the news. The Enquirer did, and they got it right. Others were avoiding the story because it was very sensational and highly embarassing to our political establishment. That Washington could collectively miss the Edwards scandal is inexcusable.

    Edwards did a lot of reprehensible things, including sharpening his class warfare rhetoric as the scandal became more difficult to manage, which could make it seem that the establishment was trying to silence a champion of the poor with a paternity scandal, sort of like Citizen Kane. But to the extent he succeeded, he isn't the only one to blame for the failure of our system of elections and free speech to break the scandal.

  22. Looks like daughter, Cate, could end up raising her brother and sister while Papa serves some real time. How far some fall from grace. Sad day for American politics. One more negative . . . when it is positives we need. Edwards won't get $300 haircuts in prison, that's for sure.

  23. You would think with all the money he got from sueing medical doctors and insurance companies, he would have the smarts to pay her off from his own pocket. No, he uses money from his presidential campaign. This man clearly has no morals. What a pig.

  24. You just can't believe in ANYONE anymore. It's bad enough that he behaved like a heel in his private life, but that he embezzled money too??? He seemed like such an upright candidate.

  25. Yes, this is much more important than prosecuting the Wall Street criminals.

  26. I supported John Edwards in the Democratic primaries because he had the most clearly-articulated and detailed policies for universal healthcare and populist view of the economic disparites in American society. I donated both money and volunteer time campaigning for him. My support was based not only on his views, but on his life story and the fact that he had already run a national race and, supposedly, been vetted for disqualifying behavior. Unlike some other politicians, he had no history of either womanizing or financial misconduct, and I had great respect for how he and his wife had conducted their lives. Although my feelings of being dumbfounded and betrayed by his behavior in no way compare to the damage he has done to his family, the recent bizarre sexual revelations about other prominent men leave me wanting to scream, "What is wrong with these people?" I try not to judge others too harshly, but some behaviors really go beyond "I made a mistake." In the long run, what does it do to our system when voters cannot trust that their elected officials know the difference between right and wrong?

  27. Wait wait! After all Cheney & Bush put us through, with Banksters not only evading prison, but getting bonuses for their criminal work, after a week of dumb Americans worrying and crying and selling their belongings at the urging of a dishonest radio preacher named Camping....and John Edwards is number 1 in the hot seat????

    Osama knocked us in the head on 9-11 and clearly we're still crazy as a loon. Come back old America...we miss you so much!

  28. His poor children.......

  29. John Edwards has a brilliant mind but his narcissism has been his undoing. Because of his presidential aspirations, he chose to be a one-term senator. He could have bided his time; built a reputation; and possibly succeeded in his quest for the White House.

    Then, during the presidential primaries, he not only cheated on his wife but on the American people. What if he had won the nomination and THEN the affair became public. It would have guaranteed another Republican president; four more years of undoing the social safety net and civil liberties; more Republican appointees to the Supreme Court.

    John Edwards' selfishness is breath-taking.

    May his wife rest in peace.

  30. Lovely. Our federal justice system is on the ball when it comes to crimes involving sex. But turns a blind eye to torture, crimes against humanity, extraordinary renditions, and corruption during the Bush years. What a farce of a democracy we are living in!

  31. Covering up an affair is a prosecutable offense. War crimes are not. Violating the Constitution is not. Crashing the economy is not.

  32. Not to mention all the banksters that got off scott free. Justice is a joke in this country.

  33. Good!

  34. Edwards is truly the ultimate creep. I get chills thinking about how far this man got both in life and in US politics.

  35. Talk about poetic justice

  36. All I can say is Thank God we have a president in the White House who honors and cherishs his wife. A man of the decency not to disgrace his family.

  37. Was it really worth it, John?

  38. Good! It's so well deserved.

  39. But the CIA hoodlums who tortured innocent people and then destroyed the video tapes (and the attorneys who shielded these monsters) get an official congratulations from the President.

    Nice set of priorities, America.

    No wonder the whole world throws up when the United States is mentioned.

  40. OH Who Cares? He's "history" as a politician and human being. Or so I hope, though some politicians are rather like rubber balls. They seem to bounce back. Not funny but interesting.

  41. A portion of the misused campaign funds was raised by a mob of plaintiffs' lawyers who unlawfully channeled money through employees, friends, and relatives so they could donate more than the federally mandated limit. Those people, as members of their respective state bars, are sworn to obey the law, but chose instead to subvert it. They should be prosecuted and disbarred.

  42. Karma

  43. Give John Edwards a break; he has been through enough. Doesn't the DOJ have anything better to do, like say, go after the criminals on Wall St. that engineered the financial meltdown?

    This is why most people have no respect for our system any more; they realize it's a sham and only serves the interests of the wealthy elite.

  44. Hmmm...on one hand a prosecution might serve to persuade others who indulge in this kind of thing (The Governator, Mr. Spitzer, etc) not to cross the line of sordid behavior and use campaign funds in the process. There's also the value of the myth that the law applies equally and that party affiliation is no protection. But on the other hand, there are other crimes with broader impact that might be a better investment of investigative resources. If they can get enough from him in fines to cover the costs of the prosecution then they should do it.

  45. If you plunder the country, torture and committ assorted war crimes Obama will give you a pass but for an affair he will send you to jail,
    way to go

  46. Between John Edwards and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, this is turning out to be a fantastic month for those of us who despise ultra-wealthy political elites!

  47. I am so sickened by tis tawdry affair I can barely read the article.

    That said, it is done, over, his political career is finished, and there are children who have already gone through so much and could probably use some peace, quiet, and privacy.

    Can we go back to investigating financial trickery that has ruined our economy and wiped out the savings of many hard working people? Investigators who look the other way because they are too close to the folks they are supposed to keep honest? The almost complete capitulation to corporation by the Supreme Court?

  48. If this is being reported in The Times, Edwards' political career must be over. Just another slimey trial lawyer who thinks the rules that apply to the average Joe don't apply to him.

  49. It is one thing to have an affair, but quite another to systematically divert campaign money for unauthorized purposes. It shows such an utter lack of perspective and judgement that it makes the thought of a "President Edwards" a terribly frightening one.

    Maybe every presidential candidate should be caught having an affair, just so that the public can see how they handle such personal embarrassment. I would rather have a contrite 'sinner' with the courage to deal with such failings openly than a duplicitous cad.

  50. For those who say that this is a waste of time or money, ect., please don't complain when our politicians are corrupt and compromised.

    If you allow Edwards to skate, the message that is sent is that its ok to flaut the laws and that yes, politicians are better then the commoners they govern.

    Just remember, you won't get "good government" without good governors.

  51. I have to agree with many of the posters. Let's go after the money lenders first. The banking industry has pushed many of us into a much lower position financially given the current value of our homes. Countrywide et al new exactly what they were doing and got away with it.


    I hope that Elizabeth Edwards is resting in peace, and that her children will somehow come out ok.


    Paying for his prosecution is not something I would support. He is a very low person (despite the fact that I was a huge supporter when he ran as VEEP) but we have bigger fish to fry.


    His children has suffered enough. Don't put them through litigation.

  52. The man was wealthy. Why did he choose to use campaign funds to cover his tracks when he could have just as easily used his own.

  53. That's fair enough to look into this matter, but...

    Once more in case you didn't hear us, Mr. Attorney General (and, that's right...you, NY Times, et. al.):

    Wall Street crimes? Bush/Cheney lies? Housing Crisis? Could you tell us again what the status of those prosecutions are?

  54. Think about this people-- his eldest daughter, Cate, has had to (in her young life) deal with the death of her brother, the illness and death of her mother, and her father's betrayal of her mother and general public embarrassment.

    Now if Edwards goes to jail she will have to raise her brother and sister by herself as a young adult.

    In the end, she is real victim here, along with her younger siblings.

    Sending much love and good thoughts to those kids-- they will need it.

  55. Wow! Arizona, now Edwards, this justice department is looking out for the best interests of America.

  56. It needs to be emphasized that he is a trial lawyer, whose ethics run the gamut from nil to non-existent.

  57. "Covering up an affair is a prosecutable offense. War crimes are not. Violating the Constitution is not. Crashing the economy is not."

    If I could, I would spend my lunch break recommending this post over and over and over again.

    Because it's true.

  58. And he had his own deep pockets. Now if he'd been a generous Obama supporter, say like GoldmanSachs, DoJ troubles simply vanish.

  59. The Justice Department goes after Edwards, but the banksters who wrecked the world's economy have yet to do their perp walks. IT'S TIME, Mr. Holder!

  60. Since when does the DOJ have so much time to wring John Edwards through the washer. What about the long list of bankers and financial wizards who created the loss of trillions of dollars in private investments and tens of millions of jobs. THESE broken lives and laws are STILL being completely ignored! AND The crimes of the century are still being perpetrated...When will the DOJ does its real job?????

  61. If only he could have become president! Then the DOJ wouldn't touch him after the fact. Ask Bush or Cheney.

    Edwards is a deeply flawed character and I really don't mind if he's prosecuted for any crimes he's committed. But it really is kind of agonizing to see how the law applies differently to winners and losers. Dick Cheney fouled the White House, sitting on the phone in his office ordering torture sessions, and he's running around giving his opinion about foreign policy and being taken seriously. Edwards is a powerless goof and an easy target for the DOJ. I'd rather see them go after the hard targets, the important ones that could actually help bolster the rule of law.

  62. Republican prosecutor left over from W's days run amuck, while Holder et al. are too cowardly to say this prosecution is a waste of time and money and nothing more than a political show trial.

  63. It's nice to see the JOD do it's job. While going after someone who missappropriated campaign funds is a good thing. I still think that they should be going after the ones who lead us into a false war. Not only kill thousands of American soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's. But has cost this country alot more than than what Edwards spend to hide a story about his inappropriate behavior.

  64. An old girlfriend of mine loved John Edwards and was ready to waste her time campaigning for him back in the day. She said he had a face you could intuitively trust. I told her the guy was way too slick, a snake oil salesmen. Herein lies the essence of the difference between the way men and women think about the male gender.

  65. Sad that a person who espoused good for the ordinary people was such a hypocrite!

  66. If it's true, my comment is profound disgust.

  67. As a former North Caroina resident, I can say it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy! The more he gets beat up the better! What a slimebag. Thought he was the gift to the world, and in fact was an ugly neighbor, and certainly no friend of the common person! And to think that he might have been a heartbeat away from the White House..! Scares me to death!

  68. I don't think criminal charges are truly necessary in this case. The country faces much more trouble. Investigating and prosecuting Wall Street bankers would be far more important. Nailing them would do the country a lot of good.

  69. I want the $100 back I donated to his campaign while I was a starving student.

  70. The DOJ is getting to be like ‘Entertainment Tonight’: More concerned with who people are having affairs and knocking up than they are with the real criminals that almost bankrupted this country.

  71. Let me echo the many comments that basically say "oh, yes this is the important case for the Justice Department, not the torture of human beings, not the destruciton of our economy, not the dereliction of duty in the SEC, not the misguided invasion of Iraq and the lying that went with it". Oh, no, let's put all our money and effort behind getting this master criminal who may or may not have used campaign money innapropriately.

    Unbelievable.

  72. Why doesn't Mr Edwards just spend a weekend with Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi? No cover-ups necessary, no big deal...

  73. Look at all of the comments here which say that Edwards' crime is not worthy of DOJ time and effort. I guess it's only worth prosecution time and effort if a Republican is being investigated.

  74. I agree with the posters commenting on the Justice Department's misplaced values ITO who they pursue. What about Bush and Cheney ? What about the CEOs and banksters that destroyed our economy ?

    And, btw, does this mean Arnold is going to be investigated ? I won't hold my breath ...

  75. In a lawful environment, anyone who breaks the law should be held accountable. But when those in power commit atrocities that kill and torture -- but are not prosecuted -- one has to wonder about the DOJ's priorities.

  76. It's not a question of one or the other-- we should be pursuing BOTH the slimeball banks and financiers whose thievery ran the economy into the ground -- AND slimeball politicians who operated illegally as well as unethically and selfishly on an individual level.

    They are two sides of the same greasy coin.

  77. "This next phase of the case brings an agonizing new chapter for Mr. Edwards...." Are you kidding me? He brought it on himself. The only agonizing new chapter is for his children.

  78. John Edwards did not bury his wife in December. Rather, his estranged wife was buried in December.

  79. If you can perjure yourself to cover up an affair, I don't see why you can't divert some cash to cover up an affair.

  80. It makes you wonder about John Kerry's judgement in asking him to be the VP running mate in 2004.

  81. Department of what? Justice? No, this is the Department of Jesters. Going after the bank gangsters would be long, hard and expensive -- and Obama and Holder clearly are not up to that kind of challenge.

  82. Wow, a politician misusing campaign funds. What's this country coming to?

  83. What a mind-numbing idiot.

    While the DOJ are at it, they might perhaps take a few Wall Street criminals along for a prosecution ride. That is one long overdue trip.

  84. This reminds me of the IRS audit of my retired schoolteacher neighbor because she donated half of her $30,000 per year pension to charities.

    Ah well, the more famous the prosecutorial target, the more publicity you get.

  85. Nothing wrong with enforcing our laws, but how about Bush, Cheney, etc. and the crimes of kidnapping, murder, and torture? Seems a bit more important.

  86. Pride goeth before the fall.

    I guess the outdated Book of Proverbs still has something to teach us.

  87. People act like the Justice Department investigates only one crime at a time. Geez, give it a break.

  88. "What a travesty, how about prosecuting the banksters who brought the economy down."

    The last time I checked, bringing the economy down wasn't a felony. Using $1,000,000 of campaign funds as hush money for a candidate's mistress was.

  89. Shame on the United States of America and our so-called Department of Justice. There are no charges or prosecution of the unelected president Bush and his henchman for war crimes resulting from the lies and treacherous manipulations which then resulted in the death and injuries of thousands of soldiers and untold millions of civilians. There are few, if any, prosecutions of the officers of the mortgage, bank, and investment institutions who are responsible for the economic misery of our working people. But time, money, and staff is available to pursue a case against John Edwards, the small-time manipulator whose exercises in vanity have made him irrelevant. More obfuscation from an administration which has neither the courage nor the interest in helping the United States regain a sense of honor and humility so necessary if we are truly to stand as a model of human dignity for others in the world who are struggling for independence.

  90. And he would be "President" now? Gee, all those who like to point fingers at the Republicans and family values (i.e. Schwartzeneger)et. Well I guess, they forgot about Bill Clinton's adventures in the White House? Oh and JFK's sordid romps in the White House? Well the truth is that whether a Republican or Democrat many of those guys in power are just sleazy low lives!

  91. Oh, he'll be back. Give him a few years to lay low, then he'll have some kind of religious experience and beg for forgiveness. He's too smart and too good looking to stay away from Washington permanently.

  92. I read the comments here for some insight, but more and more it looks like the same liberal drones. 'Get the banksters' or 'Bush and Cheney are criminals' and on and on, REGARDLESS of whether or not the article has anything to do with either Wall St. or Bush. Get over it people. The fact of the matter is that the DOJ HAS gone after people who were criminally responsible. 'Criminally' is the key word there. Or perhaps you missed the stories of Bernie & Raj recently. Just because something may or may not have been unethical does not make it criminal and much as you would like it to be, we can't just rewrite rules now so that we can prosecute for something that was legal when it was done. The comments about the 'banksters' and even more so trying to pull Bush and co. into a story that has nothing to do with the either Bush or the Iraq war just sounds silly and uninformed (I'm looking at you #9 Brian from Philly - "outright murder." Really?!)
    As to the current article, I say, GREAT! Edwards always had a sleazy vibe to him, but that was just a personal opinion. Some people truly believed that this man could lead this country and for him to have allegedly breached that trust in a CRIMINAL manner deserves prosecution. Criminal prosecutions don't happen because there is moral outrage; they happen when the government believes that it has enough evidence to convict someone (or if it is a high level target; but that in my opinion is a waste of limited and precious justice dept resources unless they actually have a case - although sometimes it is both; in which case it is a good thing to send a message that nobody is above the law. E.g. Martha Stewart.)

  93. To those posters asking why the DOJ is not prosecuting the Wall Street "Banksters" and is wasting time with this prosecution I suggest you look at the the last guest list to a White House State dinner. Blankfein( CEO of Goldman Sachs) marched in tuxedoed up with his bejeweled wife. Would be bad manners for Obama to investigate and (oh horrors!) indict a dinner guest! Between his financial advisers from Summers to Rubin to the CEO of the non taxpaying G.E. he is setting himself up for a post White House career. We cannot bite the hand that potentially feeds us.... that is just not de riguer.

  94. As for John Edwards, he has it all coming to him. See ya, Johnnie.

    Oh, and when some young hot thing gives you a business card that says "free being" on it, wants to be your videographer, and might just bring the crazy to your otherwise sad life, just go home and rent Fatal Attraction instead. It's cheaper.

    Finally, if you've seen the documentary Inside Job (about the financial crisis of 2008), you'll remember that they explain there was just about the same amount of sexual shenanigans going on with Wall St. folks, all the way up to the VERY top.

    Dear DoJ, couldn't you use those same investigative skills to turn on those who brought down the international economy? Why Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide is walking free today is beyond the comprehension of anyone paying attention.

  95. Lie to start wars, torture people, wiretap in violation of the Fourth Amendment,crash the economy and get bailed out - we wouldn't want to prosecute anyone for those things because we want to look forward, not back. Put John Edwards in prison, if that makes you happy, and let the taxpayers foot the bill for his room and board. But lets prosecute the real criminals, too - the ones who brought this country to its knees and still have all of the money locked up in their filthy too-big-to-fail banks.

  96. Yes, the DOJ should go after the criminal bankers that stole the taxpayer's money, but what does that have to due with the sleaze, John Edwards? Prosecute him too!!! I am a Democrat and I don't like being lied to or ripped off from either side of the aisle....

  97. I think Mr. Edwards should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. What he did was illegal as well as immoral. How many times can politicians bend the rules that the rest of us have to live by? It is sad enough he brought sadness to his wife in the last days of her life, as she was battling cancer, but to misappropriate funds as well shows that he thinks that he is somehow above the law. Mr. Edwards is the face of a smooth talker with the morals of a snake. I think they should pursue him with every charge they can throw at him to deter other people in position of power to think that they are "special" and can get away with it. Morals and laws exist for a reason, and far from being exempt from them, our leaders should be vigilent about observing them. Maybe going after Edwards will set the example that needs to be set in our country, that was once great, but is getting more laughable by the day.

  98. We already know that the owners of this country are the big health insurances and we know too that John Edwards was setup because he has the best Health Care for the common people and certainly could be use it for Obama.

  99. While Mr. Edwards is a very tight spot, I think that DOJ has shown great restraint and even grace in keeping this quiet during the decline and death of Elizabeth Edwards.
    Former Senator Edwards is a wealthy, talented man who need not fear his ability to survive, with or without his law license. While never a great fan of Former Senator Edwards, I can appreciate the tight spot that he faces. Democrat or Republican, if he violated the campaign finance laws to the claimed tune of $1M, he *must* be held accountable. DOJ has shown great compassion in *slowing* this investigation during the former Senator's - and his children's grief. It is time to let the facts speak for themselves.

  100. Prosecute to the fullest extend of the law. This is not some poor shlub who stole from his employer to feed his child. This is someone who was gaming our election system. What could be more important?

  101. I think it's bad precedent. Along with prosecuting Ensign. Too easy to prosecute noncooperating politicians and "enemies". How sure are we that this isn't Hillary Clinton's or Holdens little vengence ploy. I would have given Clinton the money I gave Edwards, if I had know Edwards was so shifty. But that doesn't mean I think Edwards needs prosecuting.

  102. I agree with others that for this plea bargain to go forward would be a travesty of justice.
    The man's a multimillionaire why does he need a law license anymore.

    To say he has suffered enough because of the breakup with his wife and loss of his political career etc is absurd.
    These are all things that he brought down upon himself.There is a very good Yiddish word that applies here, Chutzpah which is basically "nerve"
    the classic example is a child who kills both his parents and then throws himself upon the mercy of the court because he is an orphan!
    Among many things, none good, he demonstrates blatant Chutzpah!
    He doesn't even get a slap on the wrist with the described plea bargain. It's more like a kiss on the cheek.
    Hopefully no judge will accept this joke

  103. People If you can write your comments here, you can write your Senators, Congressmen and PRESIDENT. They all have email addresses and they all have telephone numbers. Just make sure you are polite and to the point. A lot of you have your "facts?" wrong. Former Senator Ensign is in the beginning stages of prosecution charges of illegal use of campaign contributions to pay off his former aide as well as hiring him as a lobbyist in the first place. He will probably settle out of court, as well. The current DOJ is NOT defending the DOMA; they have refused to defend it in court any longer.

    So send your letters to the people that count and keep sending them until you get what you want. Bring up these subjects at your elected representatives town hall meetings; again and again. We have to hammer it home. We the people, the REAL government, must do OUR jobs too.

  104. Yes of course go after Wall Street but don't use that rallying cry as a distraction here. I'm a liberal and it's exactly because I'm a Dem that I'm angry at John Edwards. Please let's not be like the Republicans are with their guys, always making excuses and retorting, "but what about so and so!" like a 6 year old. Edwards broke the law. Prosecute him. Period.

  105. Misusing campaign funds is breaking the law the same as any laws the Wall Street bankers may have broken. Some perps take longer to prosecute than others. The evidence in John Edwards's case may be clearer than the evidence in the cases of the Wall Street bankers, and , therefore, can be addressed sooner. That no one has been prosceduted in the nation's economic debaucle is no excuse for giving Mr. Edwards a pass. After all, former President Bush and former VP Cheney haven't been prosecuted either, and they are at the top of the corruption food chain.

  106. I am so sick of corruption on every level.

    I'm sick of people who have no empathy.

    I'm sick of people who fantasize that they're self-made, as if they hadn't been supported by society at every step of their way.

    I'm sick of thieves and cheaters.

    I'm sick of hypocrites.

    I'm sick of willful stupidity and self-serving illogic.

    I'm sick of the prevailing climate of lust, gluttony, greed, laziness, anger, envy, and pride. Which do, in fact, happen to be the seven deadly sins.

    More and more, I'm frustrated with the United States, with this culture--where it is and where it seems to be going. I'm old enough, and I'll probably die of natural causes before this country's mess hits the critical level. But it makes me sick to think of the wasted good.

  107. I think it's wrong to say because we've failed to hold the financial criminals accountable that we shouldn't hold Edwards accountable. His was not just a betrayal of his wife and family, but of the electorate. Those of us who were already angered by his cynical use, and abandonment of, his Senate seat, allowing Dole to reclaim it for the GOP, and those who believed in him during his run for VP. This IS serious stuff. Campaign financing is already a cesspool, and treating it as inconsequential, or saying his personal pain is enough, misses the point. He violated the law and the public trust and he should be held accountable.

  108. John Edwards is as big a stinker as ever walked American streets. However, the notion that misdirecting funds raised for a political campaign might be treated as a serious crime is a good reason to repeal federal campaign finance laws. Pay the money back. Pay a fine. Other civil penalties, yes. But this is yet another step in the direction of criminalizing everything that we don't like or find obnoxious.

  109. Hillary should sue him after the criminal case for obstruction.

  110. About time. A great day.

    If only DoJ would look into all the overseas contributions from 2008.

    Oh. That would require courage?

    Never mind.

  111. "Mr. Young is being represented in Hollywood by Ari Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, the new mayor of Chicago."

    It's just a real cozy circle up at the top of the stratosphere for an oligarchy, isn't it?

    I find it profoundly criminal that the DOJ would even consider this case while continuing to be so utterly tepid on pursuing REAL criminals like the criminals on Wall Street and in DC.
    So now taxpayer money gets to be spent on THIS?

    DOJ, you should investigate YOURSELVES in house.
    I have been profoundly disappointed in Eric Holder and even President Obama on the obvious un-ignorable realities of a dire need for campaign finance reform. It is the ground zero of all of this corruption and privilege. Meanwhile, the rest of us have literally been sold down the river to support their self-interests.
    Public servants, indeed.

  112. Edwards personally suffered only because he was caught. If elected, the surfacing of his use of campaign supporter funds would have presented a Constitutional crisis. Campaign financing laws are designed precisely to prevent improper uses of money to subvert the election process. If the prosecutor's case is strong, he should face a severe sentence as part of any conviction or plea bargain. What campaign conduct has threatened a greater injury to our country than Edwards' actions?

    I also agree with posters who argue that it is even more important to investige and indict bankers, Wall Streeters and mortgage packagers for criminal acts precipitating the Great Recession.

  113. Pity the poor child at the heart of the public spectacle.

  114. Tell Edwards to give back that part of the campaign funds used for the cover-up, or else. Don't worry -- he will find the money.

  115. When is anyone going to give any thought to prosecuting the home wrecker and blackmailer Rielle? It does take two to tango, and I am tired of watching these men be vilified when they are the continual targets of women who lust after power, and who don't give a damn that the men are married.

  116. Would be nice if DOJ got around to an investigation of who and how our country was lied into a trillion-dollar war. Sen Edwards is small-potatoes compared to thousands of lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  117. Not a single banker, hedge fund, mortgage backed securities underwriter, broker, credit rating agency.... etc.. prosecuted.

    Yet the US had to pass TARP with an authorized budget of $700billion, plus pump large amounts of funds into the system via the Feds at a still unknown cost, and oh, don't forget about the cost of the "stimulus" program.

    And no crime was prosecuted, was it even committed under existing laws?

    Then Edwards may have misspent at most a few million of money raised for his campaign (which is not even government money), and he gets the Department of Justice's attention.

    Priorities. Priorities.

  118. Don't get me wrong. I don't condone Edwards behavior. Prosecute him if warranted. I just feel like I see these secondary cases get attention, at the expense of more serious crimes.

  119. Self-inflicted wound, nationwide pain and shame! Can't make up stories like this.

  120. If Edwards were a Republican the mainstream media hounds would be baying for his head on a stake. As a Democrat, Edwards will be treated like Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky episode: With terse reporting of basic facts and a wish that the whole thing would just go away.

  121. And #104, the bush/Holder Justice Department & FEC initially gave Ensign a free pass--until the Senate report came out & shamed the DOJ & Ensign.

  122. Given the recent Supreme Court overturn of McCain-Feingold (i.e., Citizens United vs. FEC), its tough to figure out how rules even apply to campaign money any more. But a separate issue is John Edwards' conduct, which seem increasingly pitiful and of such bad judgment that I am thankful he never succeeded in his efforts to win the Presidency.

    As to the writer's comment "...This next phase of the case brings an agonizing new chapter for Mr. Edwards..." please, spare me the small violins. Let him agonize. He deserves it.

  123. "Covering up an affair is a prosecutable offense. War crimes are not. Violating the Constitution is not. Crashing the economy is not."

    "If I could, I would spend my lunch break recommending this post over and over and over again."

    Why do so many posters agree with the comment that war crimes, constitution violations and financial ruin of the economy are not prosecutable crimes? Although that may be technically correct, the point even more posters are attempting to make is that the ACTIONS that lead to war crimes, constitutional violations and economic ruin ARE in fact prosecutable.

  124. OK, NOW can we prosecute some Wall Street bankers?

  125. I couldn't care less about the affairs politicians have. I do care when we, the taxpayer pay for it. How about concentrating on the economy, employment, education and a somewhat normal life. How about prosecuting the banking system that brought on the housing meltdown? Oh, I forgot, they are major monetary contributors to public office candidates.