Federal Judge Refuses Request to Throw Out Edwards Case

The lawyers for former North Carolina Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards have received a setback in their efforts, as attempts to have the case thrown out before trial have been rejected by a federal judge.

Still, the former presidential candidate seems undaunted by the setback, welcoming the news as a chance to allegedly clear his name. “What’s important now is that I now get my day in court, after all these years I finally get my day in court,” Edwards said. “What I know with complete and absolute certainty is I did not violate any campaign laws.”

Edwards, who is being accused of misusing campaign donations in order to hide an affair with a campaign staffer and her subsequent pregnancy with their child, will now have to go to court to defend himself against the allegations.  Edwards eventually revealed after his failed presidential campaign that he had been involved with photographer Rielle Hunter.  The two now have a daughter together.

Edwards was at the time married to wife Elizabeth Edwards, who announced that she was battling cancer during the 2008 campaign.  Elizabeth passed away in December, 2010, after legally separating from her husband earlier that year.

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42 comments

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

That didn't happen in Elizabeth Edwards' case!! All she did was GET BREAST CANCER!!! He stood up with her in PUBLIC and got OUR SYMPATHY and PRETENDED HE WAS STANDING BY HER LIKE A GOOD HUSBAND!!! HE FOOLED EVERYBODY!!! I don't care so much about what he DID, I CARE THAT HE LIED ABOUT IT!!!! And he LIED BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WAS DOING SOMETHING DISHONORABLE!!!! I happen to know BREAST CANCER DOES NOT PREVENT ANYBODY FROM HAVING SEX!!! SHE DIDN'T HAVE VAGINA CANCER!! There is NO EXCUSE for WHAT HE DID! HE'S A LIAR AND A CHEAT
AND HE DISRESPECTED ALL WOMEN BY WHAT HE DID!!! HE MAKES ME SICK!!!

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PAMELA F.
Pamela F6 years ago

Edwards is a pig. That being said I also have to say how many of these women who husbands go looking elsewhere are over weight, don't care what they wear, and don't want to make love anymore? I am not saying that this happens in every case but let me tell you I see some of these women shopping and they are 50 plus pounds over weight, have on pajama bottoms and a short shirt that shows ever roll that they have. Just what a man wants to come home to. When is the last time that the poor wife tried to satisfy their husbands in bed?? When did they cook him a great dinner, or leave him a "I love you" message in his shirt pocket. Get a clue if you want your man to notice you try noticing him first.
I don't really care if Edwards is guilty or not his political career is over and that is justice. I don't know what happened in his marriage but what he did to his wife was wrong. If he didn't love her then divorce her or if she wasn't happy then leave. This is not rocket science.

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Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Only Republicans are obsessed. Republican Christian fundamentalist glazed eyed lunatics are trying to take over America and every country around the world is laughing at us. Oh ya, and
John Edward's FRIENDS are to blame here. ABSOLUTELY, his friends are responsible where he puts his weiner. ;)

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scarlett g.
.6 years ago

JW H..........perhaps Jane B. might be OBSESSED???

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Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Poor John. ;)

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Redgie H.
Redgie H6 years ago

Great! Now all prosecutors have to do is prove that supporting one's mistress in high style is a valid campaign expense, and that Edwards knew it was and intended to circumvent campaign finance laws. If I could post a picture symbolizing this witch hunt, it would be Ms. Hunter with "Property of Edwards for President Campaign" stencilled across her swollen belly. Perhaps when they lose this case, the prosecutors will take on something easier, like suing the Justice Department for misuse of tax dollars. Oh, wait, that's not a crime.

Edwards' friends are really the ones to blame here. They should have registered the Andrew Young Pregnant Photographers PAC, and left poor John completely out of it.

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

A liar and a cheat in his personal life is gonna be a dishonorable liar and a cheat in public office
and he WAS. And he was doing it on the taxpayer's dime. The headline of this story is what?

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David Anderson
David Anderson6 years ago

Perhaps we will be treated to silence when this sorry excuse for a human being simply goes away. As for any future effort at political office, if he couldn't treat his own wife honorably, how could we as strangers expect any better from him?

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Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

I'm hearing that Michelle Bachmann's campaign has been cuaght in an illegal campaign money diversion. Aha. Now we know why the Tea Party has dropped her like a lead balloon. Wonder how they got wind of this so quickly? This morning we were hearing the Tea Party asking her to drop out of the presidential race. This afternoon we are hearing about her campaign diverting money in Iowa illegally. I don't think this is just a happen stance.

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