Defense rests in John Edwards trial
May 16th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Defense rests in John Edwards trial

John Edwards' defense team rested its case Wednesday in his corruption trial.

No more witnesses will be called and closing arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow. Jury deliberations will likely begin on Friday.

The former U.S. senator's trial is under way in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is charged with six counts of illegal campaign contributions, conspiracy and falsifying documents. If found guilty on all charges, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

The government alleges Edwards "knowingly and willingly" accepted large amounts of money from wealthy campaign donors to hide Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy in an effort to remain a viable candidate in his 2008 presidential campaign.

A friend and adviser to Edwards testified Tuesday that the candidate appeared surprised to learn that an elderly heiress sent money that ended up going to Hunter and Young.

The defense, which began its case Monday, has argued that Young largely used the money for his own personal gain, while also paying for Hunter's medical expenses during her pregnancy in an effort to hide the affair from Edwards' wife. Donations for that purpose, the Edwards team has argued, cannot be considered in violation of campaign finance laws.

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  1. saywhat

    I feel saddened by this whole affair. A man perfectly suited ( so it appeared at the time) to pin our hopes on for a somewhat better kind of politicking , throws it all away.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • FMH

      "Perfectly suited" means what his handlers and the consultants wanted you to see on TV. Politics attracts narcissists and ego-maniacs. What we need are public servants.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      @ FMH ... of course politics attracts narcissists and egomaniacs. Think about it for a minute. What kind of person is likely to have what it takes to grovel to millions of voters to get a job, and then face those millions to make a graceful concession speech when they've rejected him? Our system of elective government is not tailored to appeal to the humble and noble that we so obviously need.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • WS

      Only clueless liberals could fail to recognize the hypocrisy, superficiality, dishonesty and ego-centrism of John Edwards, character traits that were patently OBVIOUS from the moment he placed his phony grin in front of a television camera. Only ignorant liberals, in their usual zeal to promote socialism and the erosion of traditional values, would embrace and idolize a vacuous charlatan like Edwards, whose only "talent" is looking good on camera. It's no wonder these very same liberals have also placed Obama on a pedestal, and for the exact same morally bankrupt reasons.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • D-Bag police

      You're what is wrong with America. To even consider voting for Edwards back then is a crime. It was so obvious at the time he was a crook, way before any of this came out.

      May 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      dbagpolice but remember you voted for the worst president ever – GEORGE W. BUSH. Edwards would have been better than that excuse. Not four years but eight !!!! UGH

      May 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. O.T.

    Of course he was too cowardly to take the stand.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. danh

    Wouldn't it be funny if the reason they couldn't see the birds was becuase this guys phone was on.......Ironical

    May 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. banasy©

    Most defendants do not take the stand in their own defense.
    A jury is not to infer anything by that.
    I am sure he was acting upon the advice of his attorney, who is paid hansomly for that advice.

    @saywhat:
    A pity, really, but then so many have follwed that path to their own ruination...

    May 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jim

    Don't be sad. All that happened is that you found out is that a man you thought was a good, upstanding member of the community is, in fact, a sleazy political hustler and superb liar. The rest is just good, wholesome entertainment!

    May 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. robinsondb

    What kind of man or woman would do this to their spouse that was dying? I think that says it all.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Peter M. Ress

    No matter the actual verdict, Edwards has lost. He will forever be perceived, as Jim noted above, as "a sleazy political hustler and superb liar." I hope he has enough sense to never run for public office again. But I fear we have not seen the last of him.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. saywhat

    @FMH @jim@banasy
    You guys are right. Public servants we don't have anymore.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. banasy©

    WS:
    Thinking that sleaziness is only a liberal trait is disengenuous.
    Politics in general have that trait running full-tilt through both parties.

    May 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. WS

    Liberals are so laughably easy to fool. All you have to do to be worshiped by them is 1) look good on camera, and 2) spout a load of drivel regarding "equality" and the inherent evil of people who succeed outside of the entertainment industry. It matters not how OBVIOUS you make your superficiality, ego-centrism, immorality, greed and lust for power. John Edwards is Exhibit B. Exhibit A is, of course, Barack Hussein Obama.

    May 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tooter

    Were the Conservatives fooled by GWB? Yes that was the biggest tragedy to ever strike the USA. The man could not form a sentence.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • WS

      As a Commander in Chief, GW Bush was FAR superior to Obama. Bush made some mistakes (as ALL Presidents do) but for the most part he did what was right, and with NO regard to how it would affect his "popularity". Obama is a typical politician of the very worst kind... interested only in self-promotion and his own glorification, and willing to BUY it at any price. Anyone with a brain would trust GW Bush far more than a charlatan like Obama. As for Bush's perceived lack of eloquence... you are clearly one of the mindless drones that Democrats depend on for their wealth and power, always eagerly and BLINDLY lapping up whatever the liberal-controlled media dishes out. That's the same liberal-controlled media that spent 90% of their time between 2000 and 2008 seeking out and broadcasting every mistake Bush made, no matter how minor. Contrast this with how they have worked tirelessly to promote Obama and sweep his many MANY mistakes under the rug. Liberal lemmings like you – incapable of thinking objectively and analytically – are the primary reason why the United States is well on it's way to Second World status.

      May 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Calling bs

    Ws....Bush's mistakes are forgivable because he was a republican like you, is that it? Bush didn't pander and lie? Please. ALL politicians pander and lie...ALL of them, that borderline we todd id Bush included. Grow up. Don't like Obama? Don't vote for him. He'll be elected again because the GOP doesn't have a viable candidate, and never did. If conservative equals stupid, that party has thee stranglehold on it.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The defense rests in John Edwards trial.

    Honestly, there is no defense for what he did. To try to mislead the country is one thing, but what he did to his family is inexcusable. He made his bed, let him sleep in it. No sympathy here.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. carmen carmenatty

    john edwards had it all but his greed for more made him the loser that he is now. i hope that he is found guily. as for his kids they are better off without him he has only caused them shame!

    May 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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