Gene Healy on John Edwards and Overzealous Prosecutors


Jury selection began last week in U.S. vs. Johnny Reid Edwards. The former senator and presidential candidate (that is his real, given name) faces up to 30 years in the federal pen for allegedly violating federal campaign contribution limits, all in a scheme designed to conceal from the voting public the child he fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter. How Edwards got into this mess is a testament to what a creep he is, writes Gene Healy. But it's also an object lesson in how dangerous ambitious federal prosecutors can be.