John Edwards Case Could Be a Landmark
The campaign finance case against former Senator John Edwards was upheld by a federal judge Thursday, meaning the legal proceedings will open in 2012. According to the Boston Herald, the case could be a landmark in election law, especially with the 2012 presidential election serving as a backdrop for the proceedings.
Edwards, 58, is being brought to trial on accusations that he violated campaign finance laws through obtaining secret donations from two wealthy contributors in order to hide his mistress and her pregnancy from the public during his failed bid for president in 2008. In total, prosecutors are alleging that Edwards received more than $900,000 to cover living, medical and other expenses for videographer Rielle Hunter, the woman with whom he was having an affair. The amount exceeds legal limits for campaign contributions, they say.
The Boston Herald reported that the case could be especially salient as a “curtain raiser” for political campaigning in North Carolina in 2012, the state where Democrats plan to hold their national convention in September. As both Republicans and Democrats are trying to hone their party messages, Edwards and his case could a campaign point, the newspaper continued.
The case will certainly be unique. Edwards will be the first former presidential candidate brought to trial on campaign finance charges of this kind, and the trial is likely to include people who have already been the subject of tabloid journalism, books and national interest.