Oh My… Feds to Prosecute John Edwards (Update: Morrissey Predicts Plea Bargain and I disagree; Malkinalanche)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update: Ed Morrissey writes:
Bet on the plea bargain. Edwards has been in court enough to know what a mountain of evidence means to an unsympathetic defendant, and Edwards is about as unsympathetic as it gets. A rich lawyer cheats on his dying wife, gets his girlfriend pregnant, and then moves cash all over the board to keep it quiet — what is there for a jury to like?
I will have to disagree with that. Morrissey’s argument is almost objectively correct. Ordinarily a lawyer as sharp as Edwards would understand all of that and seek a plea. But this requires Edwards to be honest with himself and not let his ego get in the way. He has to believe he can’t talk his way out of it. Are you seeing the flaw in Morrissey’s analysis?
The original post, as is, follows.
Update (II): Malkin links.
From ABC News:
The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws while he tried to cover up an extra-marital affair, ABC News has learned.
A source close to the case said Edwards is aware that the government intends to seek an indictment and that the former senator from North Carolina is now considering his limited options. He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.
John, some free advice. If they offer a plea that allows you to avoid actual prison time, take it. Seriously you don’t want to risk going to prison.
You won’t do well in prison.
And this all comes on the heels of this news:
Furious John Edwards has allegedly vented his anger at mistress Rielle Hunter over the steamy sex video they made during his White House run.
In an amazing outburst, the shamed politician reportedly exploded after a judge ruled portions of his testimony under oath would be made public.
An insider said: ‘John took his anger and frustrations out on Rielle.
‘He screamed at Rielle, calling her an idiot for not destroying the tape, and yelling that she made a fool of him for talking him into making it,’ a source told the National Enquirer.
‘Rielle was in tears, and tried to apologize, but John didn’t care.
And isn’t that so typical? He knowingly and voluntarily consented to make the tape, and didn’t personally see to it that it was erased, but its all her fault, not only for not destroying it, but for even convincing him to agree to it. Hey, John-boy, here’s a hint. If you don’t want the world to learn about an affair with someone… don’t make a sex tape.
And for that matter, use protection, you idjit.
Hat tip: Hot Air.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]
FLASHBACK COURTESY OF PATTERICO: January 2008:
Robert Novak reports President Barack Obama would offer the Attorney General’s post to John Edwards:
“Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards will be named attorney general in an Obama administration. Installation at the Justice Department of multimillionaire trial lawyer Edwards would please not only the union leaders supporting him for president but organized labor in general. The unions relish the prospect of an unequivocal labor partisan as the nation’s top legal officer.
Too bad he didn’t get to become AG, huh?