Friday, June 3, 2011

A possible defense of John Edwards?

John Edwards Indicted On Six Counts | TPMMuckraker:
"'Mr. Edwards is alleged to have accepted more than $900,000 in an effort to conceal from the public facts that he believed would harm his candidacy,' Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breur said in a statement. 'As this indictment shows, we will not permit candidates for high office to abuse their special ability to access the coffers of their political supporters to circumvent our election laws.'"

It had never occurred to me before but this is actually a defensible case. If a lawyer can argue with a straight face that these were not campaign contributions and were instead simply efforts by his friends to defend his good name separate from the political ramifications then this could conceivably go away.

Now, do I believe that the only reason anyone gives a shit about John Edwards' reputation is that he was running for president? Of course. But reasonable doubt is a funny thing.

Note that I do not think that this is an HONEST defense, just that it is one that could be successful.

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