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Justice Drops Remaining 5 Charges Against John Edwards

Edwards after the trial/ from NBC newscast

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The case was suspect from the beginning, and when the verdict came back — one not guilty and five deadlocked votes — it seemed doom to go away with a whimper.

So on Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it was not going to retry presidential hopeful John Edwards on the  outstanding campaign violation charges.

“We knew that this case — like all campaign finance cases — would be challenging,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “But it is our duty to bring hard cases when we believe that the facts and the law support charging a candidate for high office with a crime.”

The Washington Post reported that several Justice officials said the department concluded it was not worth pursuing anymore and expending resources.

 

 

 


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