The John Edwards trial has captivated many people. As most people know, when Edwards was running for president in 2007, he also engaged in an extramarital affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter. The affair ended up producing a little girl. The former senator has been charged with six felony counts of taking over $1 million in illegal donations and donations that he did not disclose. Allegedly, he was using the funds from two very wealthy campaign contributors to cover up his affair. According to MSNBC, “prosecutors in John Edwards’ campaign finance trial were thrown for a loop Thursday when a former aide testified that Edwards refused to lie under oath about his affair with Rielle Hunter.” The trial has gone on for about 10 days and this development is a big one.
The National Enquirer uncovered the affair that Edwards was engaging in. Many people were skeptical of the information because the publication is a tabloid magazine and had often written stories that were untrue. The editor of the newspaper went to Edwards in 2008 and told him that he would cease with stories about the affair if he would sign a legal affidavit that said that he did not father Hunter’s little girl. The testimony now shows that Edwards refused to deny that he was the girl’s father. This could actually help Edwards be able to fight the charges and walk away a free man.
The Progression of the Case against John Edwards
Many former staff members of Edwards have stated that he did in fact lie to them and the public about his affair. During a presidential campaign, it is important to have a squeaky clean image because the public perception of a candidate is very important. Elizabeth Edwards had breast cancer at the time of the campaign and they had been married for decades. They seemed to be very much in love and acted as political allies. The relationship that they had made many people skeptical about the affair that he engaged in.
This is because most men in politics would not risk having an affair during a presidential campaign when they had a wife who was sick with cancer. Elizabeth Edwards died from cancer a few years ago and prosecutors have been building a case against him for a while. They went through the campaign finances of the Edwards campaign and found inconsistencies which eventually lead to charges being filed against him. He is an attorney so he has the legal knowledge and background to help his attorneys mount a strong defense.