April 23rd, 2012
03:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Prosecution: John Edwards 'made a choice to break the law'

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) – John Edwards "made a choice to break the law" by accepting illegal campaign contributions to hide his pregnant mistress from the public as he campaigned in 2007 to be the Democratic presidential nominee, prosecutors said Monday in the opening day of the former U.S. senator's criminal trial.

"This affair was a gamble with exceedingly high stakes," prosecutor David Harbach said in his opening statement, referring to the affair between Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. "If the affair went public it would have destroyed any chance to become president and he knew it.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Sleazeball Democrat VP and Presidential candidate. A poster boy for the sleazy Democrat Party for sure.

    April 23, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth – "Sleazeball Democrat VP and Presidential candidate. A poster boy for the sleazy Democrat Party for sure"
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    Look in the mirror sometime. I'm sure at least an equally massive number of GOP candidates can qualify for the same vacuous spoutrage. Awwww.... poor baby!

    April 23, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    @ The REAL Truth –

    Oh please. Using campaign funds for other than their intended use is a high crime. This man is an arrogant dirt bag who no different from anyone (allegedly, innocent until proven guilty) deserves a cell with 3 hots and a cot... just like any other criminal.

    April 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did he do what Gov. Scott Walker did?

    April 23, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Dr. Knowitall

    Like all good Democrat politicians. They think the law doesn't apply to them.

    April 23, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |