No Retrial for John Edwards

Via Politico:

The Justice Department has dropped its prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards over nearly $1 million in payments his backers made to support his pregnant mistress during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The formal dismissal of charges was filed in federal court in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, less than two weeks after Edwards’s trial on the campaign finance-related charges ended with a jury deadlocked on five felony counts and voting to acquit him outright on one charge.

“We knew that this case — like all campaign finance cases — would be challenging. But it is our duty to bring hard cases when we believe that the facts and the law support charging a candidate for high office with a crime,” Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer said in a statement. “Last month, the government put forward its best case against Mr. Edwards, and I am proud of the skilled and professional way in which our prosecutors from the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina conducted this trial.”

See our previous coverage of scumbag (but not felon) Edwards.

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  • Aresen||

    No Retrial for John Edwards

    Can we execute him anyways?

  • SIV||

    ^THIS^

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Wouldn't a true purist Libertarian support Edwards for spending campaign donations any way he liked?

  • ||

    yup.

    I am glad his case got kicked out of court.

    What a complete waste of time and money.

  • ||

    Also the only words written by reason staff on the link above:

    See our previous coverage of scumbag (but not felon) Edwards.

    It would seem Reason staff is glad it got thrown out of court as well.

    Pay attention Shrike. Sometimes you go off the deep end without looking at what is actually written.

    You make an inference and run without looking.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Maybe, but I have not seen articles on the scumbags Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

    Or John Ensign and David Vitter.

    I can go on.

    Granted, Edwards is a scumbag - let there be no doubt.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Notice how Cain's accusers went quiet not long after they made their claims.

    Oh, and fuck off, shrike.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Notice how Cain's accusers went quiet not long after they made their claims.

    Yeah, funny how all those aggrieved wummen fold came outta da wodwurk when he looked like a contender and melted back into it as soon as he withdrew.

  • 21044||

    'Tis not a complete waste of time and money* We never, ever, have to be concerned about Edwards -the one candidate that made Obama look good- gaining a national level office again. He is now a pariah to even the Democratic Party.

    Plus, I got to tell an old girlfriend "I told you so." Said GF was a big Edwards supporter and when I told her long before his affair was made public that Edwards was a DB and cheated on his wife, she replied "No, no he takes care of his sick wife and has great hair."

    *I didn't say we got good value, just that our money was not all wasted.

  • Paul.||

    Yes we do.

    However, John Edwards does NOT. So John Edwards should be hoist by his own retard.

  • ||

    $1 million in payments his backers made to support his pregnant mistress during the 2008 presidential campaign.

    I could totally impregnate a mistress for much less then 1 million a year.

  • Ryan the Sea Lion||

    To be fair, now it's time for charges to be filed against prosecutor George Holding for siphoning off millions in taxpayer loot to jump-start his political career.

  • ||

    Yet another alt text win...reason writers are on a roll today!

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  • jason||

    This time party need him and i think he also does not want to retire now.

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