It seems the worst may not be over for former presidential candidate and North Carolina Senator John Edwards. After losing his wife, Elizabeth, to cancer in December, Edwards will now face a legal battle over alleged campaign finance violations. America's Newsroom has more:
Federal prosecutors have begun preparing to indict former presidential hopeful and South Carolina politician John Edwards on charges that he illegally used $1,000,000 of campaign money to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter.
Just a few years ago, Edwards was a star in the Democratic Party. His humble beginnings, strong views on the importance of family and legal experience earned him immense popularity. Sadly, in the minds of many Americans, these characteristics were nullified once news leaked about his now infamous affair and secret love child.
Edwards was a well-known trial lawyer before delving into politics, so he likely has a sense of the trouble he may be in once the indictment comes his way. But, The Christian Science Monitor explains that complexities surrounding campaign finance law may actually protect Edwards from serving serious time:
...Edwards hasn't been convicted yet – and if he is indicted, his case may be difficult to prosecute. Campaign funding law is vague, and it is hard to track all the money that flows into and out of a politician’s accounts and tie them to particular actions and purposes.
Where does the law draw the line for a legitimate campaign expense? It may be morally wrong to pay hush money to a mistress, but it probably would enhance a candidate’s electoral chances, so why isn’t that a proper use of donor funds?
Regardless of what happens, this tale isn't likely to end happily for Edwards. This is yet another setback in the life of a man who was once greatly revered in the American political schema. Watch the clip below for more: