Accepting more money from people who also have contributed to your political campaign, in order to have money to pay off your pregnant girlfriend is not a violation of the campaign finance laws. It's other things, but not that. And that's what happened, but Edwards and his big-time hot-shot defense team are too stupid to admit that that's what happened. Whether Edwards asked them for the money to pay her off or whether one of his staffers did, either at Edwards' request or on his/her own initiative, doesn't matter. He got money from his buddies to pay off his pregnant girl friend, period.
The smart thinking among savvy election lawyers and political insiders is that federal prosecutors will have a hard time proving that John Edwards broke campaign finance laws when he ran for president in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty. Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder captured this view when he said: "With the government having to prove that Edwards knew the intricacies of the campaign finance law and intentionally broke it, the government has a very tough road in this trial. He may not be a sympathetic figure, but that doesn't mean he should go to prison for trying to hide his affair."
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