As reported in the news across the country today, the flawed-from-the-start federal prosecution of former presidential candidate, John Edwards, came to a merciful end yesterday. A federal jury acquitted Edwards of one count and a mistrial was declared on the remaining five counts. Edwards can be re-tried on these five counts, but, most likely, the Department of Justice will not go forward with the case a second time.
We can all agree that Edwards acted improperly and in his own words, “did an awful, awful lot that was wrong.” He surely lost in the court of public opinion. However, the former trial attorney who made million suing doctors, hospitals, and large companies was vindicated – for the moment – by a jury of mostly working class North Carolinians.
Hopefully, the Department of Justice will decide not to retry Edwards and will move onto serious crimes and real offenders.