Former Senator Edwards Indicted on six felony counts for violation campaign finance laws | Eastern North Carolina Now

    On Friday afternoon, June 3, 2011, former North Carolina Senator, and two-time Democrat presidential candidate, John Edwards commented outside the Federal Court House in Winston-Salem, NC: "There's no question that I've done wrong. I take full responsibility for having done wrong. I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I've caused to others. But I did not break the law. And I never, ever thought that I was breaking the law."

    The former presidential candidate was in the Winston-Salem Federal Court House to formally hear the allegations against him.

    Former Senator Edwards has been indicted on six felony counts by a Federal Grand Jury located in Raleigh that he violated campaign finance laws in the words of the indictment: "a desperate bid to protect both his White House hopes and his image has a devoted family man."

    At the heart of his United States' case against the former person injury lawyer is that third parties paid unreported monies to another fourth party to keep John Edwards' mistress silent, and therefore, the former US Senator's candidacy for the highest elected office of the land viable.

    The prosecution alleges that 925,000.00 was given to Edwards' mistress, former campaign staffer Rielle Hunter, through intermediaries, from longtime political supporters: the late Fred Baron of Texas and from Banking Heiress Bunny Mellon of Virginia.
   John Edwards and daughter Cate Edwards make their way to a federal court house in Winston -Salem, NC, June 3, 2011. photo credit: Jennifer Rotenizer, Winston-Salem Journal

    Click here to read the indictment.

    Senator Edwards' attorney Gregory Craig stated Friday: "John Edwards will tell the court he is innocent of all charges, and will plead not guilty. He did not break the law and will mount a vigorous defense."

    Should Senator Edwards be convicted on all 6 counts, he could spend as much as 30 years in the federal prison system.

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