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Monday, April 23, 2012

Legal Expert Says Important Issues At Stake In Edwards Trial

Former U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate John Edwards arrives at federal court in Greensboro, N.C., Monday. (AP)

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards goes on trial for campaign finance violations Monday.

The case against him has ramifications far beyond the saga of his adulterous affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter during the 2008 White House campaign.

Edwards is facing six criminal charges related to nearly $1million dollars in secret payments from two wealth supporters.

Edwards’ lawyers say the payments were gifts from friends intended to keep Elizabeth Edwards, the candidate’s wife, from finding out about her husband’s mistress and baby he fathered with Hunter.

Lawyers from the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section argue that John Edwards masterminded the financial arrangement with campaign donations that were unreported and excessive.

Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, blogs “While I am no fan of Edwards, the case seems driven more by political than legal considerations.”

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  • Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor

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    The key witnesses should be Edwards’ lawyer-lobbyer
    (lawbyer), Abbe D. Lowell and his client Lisa Blue. Prosecutors would surely
    cut a plea deal with Edwards if he would testify against his co-conspirators
    who sponsored his quest for political power so that he could be used later as
    an government insider to obstruct Department of Justice investigations into the
    long-running conspiracy orchestrated by Baron & Budd, P.C. president
    Frederick M. Baron and secretary Lisa A. Blue-Baron to defraud federal courts and
    asbestos injury clients.

    Unfortunately Edwards is not smart enough to realize that
    Lowell is only interested in defending him to the degree that Lowell can
    suppress evidence that may be made public by the trial that would lead a
    federal grand jury, outside the control of Lowell’s fellow lawbyers, to indict
    Edwards’ still-living co-conspirators, Blue and Lowell, under Racketeer
    Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statutes.

    The Edwards case is only one instance in a long-running
    pattern of criminal conspiracies by lawbyers employed by Baron & Budd,
    P.C., Baron and Blue to bribe/extort public officials with promises/threats of
    retaining/losing public office. Some of the “dots” have been
    connected for the grand jury in documents published at http://TexasBarWatch.US.

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