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Tag: John Edwards

FBI Agent Who Cracked Down on Public Corruption to Join North Carolina Board of Elections

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agent Charles W. Stuber Jr. knows a thing or two about public corruption, from going after U.S. Sen. John Edwards to helping secure convictions against a range of state political figures.

Now the 54-year-old, who has worked for the FBI since 1985, is retiring this month and will take his investigative prowess to the North Carolina Board of Elections, where he’ll probe campaign and elections violations, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Stuber expects to begin work for the state’s elections agency in June.

No Regrets in Failed Prosecution of former Sen. Edwards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The former U.S. Attorney who spearheaded the failed prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards expressed no regrets, the News and Observer reports.

George Holding said political corruption cases are the most difficult to prosecute, and any decision to halt the prosecution would have been a “derliction of duty,” according to the News and Observer.

A mistrial on most charges prompted the Justice Department to abandon the prosecution after a mistrial.

John Edwards Jurors Say Evidence Wasn’t There But They Thought He Was Guilty of Something

 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The jurors in the John Edwards trial told network news stations that prosecutor simply didn’t have enough evidence to convict.

The Wall Street Journal reported that three jurors told NBC’s Matt Lauer the evidence was lacking. Jury foreman David Recchion singled out prosecution witness Andrew Young as a big problem in the prosecution’s case

“That was probably the key part of the miss for the prosecution,” he said.

One juror, Linda Aguaro, said, “I think he was guilty, but like we said, the evidence just was not there for us to prove guilt”

All three said they thought Edwards was guilty of something, but none raised their hand when asked if they thought Edwards was a bad guy.

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The John Edwards Case Just Didn’t Feel Right

Edwards after the trial/ from NBC newscast

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some federal cases are too complicated for jurors. Some may be borderline illegal. And some may end up being a waste of taxpayer money.

The trial against ex-presidential hopeful John Edwards was probably all of the above.  A jury on Thursday acquitted him on one count and deadlocked on five others in a scandal that involved using nearly $1 million  – in what should have been declared as campaign funds — to help hide an extra-marital affair during the 2008 campaign.

It had a lot of gossip appeal, which made for good press, but in the end it seemed to lack the appropriate outrage quotient necessary to get all the jurors to jump into the guilty pool.

Who’s the loser.

The list is long.

For one, Edwards paid some serious bucks for a top-flight legal team.

Additionally, his reputation, which was already pretty poor, got tarnished even more. If you had any doubts that he was a sleaze, the trial helped put those to rest.

And he had to bear responsibility watching his family suffer through the trial.

 

The Justice Department once again looks bad. Granted, federal prosecutors shouldn’t fear losing. They should just worry about standing on solid ground. Some how, this one didn’t ever feel right to me.

The feds should have gone after some hefty civil fines. Edwards has lots of money. He would have gladly paid to make it go away. Maybe the money could have been put to good use.

And then there’s the former U.S. Attorney George Holding, who stuck around in his post to make sure that Edwards was indicted. He’s running for Congress and is expected to win.

But there’s talk of him jumping into the Senate race in North Carolina in 2014. A conviction of Edwards could only have bolstered his political capital. Now, sorry George, no added points for you.

So at this point, the question is: Should the feds go for a retrial?

I say absolutely not. In a case like this, one bite of the apple is enough. It’s not like the Rod Blagojevich case, which was certainly worth going after a second time after Blago was convicted on only 1 of 24 counts. The feds nailed him the second time.

This one is not worth going after again. Was Edwards a sneak? Yes. Is he a sleaze? Yes.

As the Washington Post noted:

“The mixed result in a trial that laid bare Edwards’s sexual indiscretions and serial deceptions came after nine days of jury deliberations.”

There are bigger crimes out there. And he’s paid  for his digressions. Let’s move on, and let’s forget we knew a Presidential candidate named John Edwards.

He is not worthy.

Column: John Edwards Case Just Didn’t Feel Right

 
 

Allan Lengel

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some federal cases are too complicated for jurors. Some may be borderline illegal. And some may end up being a waste of taxpayer money.

The trial against ex-presidential hopeful John Edwards was probably all of the above.  A jury on Thursday acquitted him on one count and deadlocked on five others in a scandal that involved using nearly $1 million  — in what should have been declared as campaign funds — to help hide an extra-marital affair during the 2008 campaign.

It had a lot of gossip appeal, which made for good press, but in the end it seemed to lack the appropriate outrage quotient necessary to get all the jurors to jump into the guilty pool.

Who’s the loser.

The list is long.

For one, Edwards paid some serious bucks for a top-flight legal team.

Additionally, his reputation, which was already pretty poor, got tarnished even more. If you had any doubts that he was a sleaze, the trial helped put those to rest.

And he had to bear responsibility watching his family suffer through the trial.

The Justice Department once again looks bad. Granted, federal prosecutors shouldn’t fear losing. They should just worry about standing on solid ground. Some how, this one didn’t ever feel right to me.

The feds should have gone after some hefty civil fines. Edwards has lots of money. He would have gladly paid to make it go away. Maybe the money could have been put to good use.

And then there’s the former U.S. Attorney George Holding, who stuck around in his post to make sure that Edwards was indicted. He’s running for Congress and is expected to win.

But there’s talk of him jumping into the Senate race in North Carolina in 2014. A conviction of Edwards could only have bolstered his political capital. Now, sorry George, no added points for you.

So at this point, the question is: Should the feds go for a retrial?

I say absolutely not. In a case like this, one bite of the apple is enough. It’s not like the Rod Blagojevich case, which was certainly worth going after a second time after Blago was convicted on only 1 of 24 counts. The feds nailed him the second time.

This one is not worth going after again. Was Edwards a sneak? Yes. Is he a sleaze? Yes.

As the Washington Post noted:

“The mixed result in a trial that laid bare Edwards’s sexual indiscretions and serial deceptions came after nine days of jury deliberations.”

There are bigger crimes out there. And he’s paid  for his digressions. Let’s move on, and let’s forget we knew a Presidential candidate named John Edwards.

He is not worthy.

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Judge Sends Alternate Jurors Home from John Edwards Trial

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

If you’ve been waiting for an update in the John Edwards campaign finance corruption trial, here it is : Purple.

Judge Catherine Eagles already had her hands full with the media zoo around Edwards, before the alternate jurors seemed to get sassy. One kept flipping her  hair in his direction, and all were wearing the same color some days. Wednesday they all wore purple.

Yesterday Judge Eagles sent the alternate jurors home, a move some legal experts would have expected her to make in the first place, according to the Washington Post.

“Everyone in the courtroom is going to miss your cheerful faces, and we’ll regret not knowing the color for tomorrow,” Eagles said in her farewell.

To read more, click here.

Jury Deliberation Drags on in John Edwards Trial

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Jury deliberation drags on for an 8th day in ex-presidential hopeful John Edwards’ corruption case.

The jury must decide whether $925,000 in gifts, used to cover up Edwards’ extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, was merely social capital, or illegal campaign contributions… and they must decide whether Edwards understood them as such.

The jury has been deliberating since May 18, sifting through 17 days of testimony from 31 witnesses, reports the L.A. Times. However much of the testimony in this high-profile case was less lurid than Edwards’ affair and focused on forensic examinations of bank transactions, and scrutiny of campaign finance laws.

The former vice-presidential candidate and presidential hopeful could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted on all six counts against him. But these high stakes are not ruling the mood in the court, which doesn’t seem to be in any hurry.

As graduation season arrives, many of the jurors have been allowed to wag the dog as U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagle adapted the deliberation schedule to their family calendars.

Reporters have not come up with any theories regarding an apparent fashion statement: the four alternate jurors all wore yellow on Thursday, red on Friday, and on Tuesday, they wore gray and black.

But decoding that secret message ought to kill some time as the bored spectators wait for a verdict.

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Edward’s Lawyers Rest; Closings Set for Thursday

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Presidential hopeful John Edwards tried to keep hope alive by passing on testifying at his trial in Greensboro,N.C., CNN reported.

His defense team rested Wednesday, and closing arguments were set for Thursday. The defense also passed on calling his eldest daughter Cate to the stand.

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