My "Why?" is not about why he wasn't convicted, but why this political witch hunt ever was tolerated to begin with. I lost interest in John Edwards when his sexual dalliance and betrayal of his sick wife became apparent. But,but, but...that stupidity may have made him a choice target for Republicans in government, but did not warrant twisting a campaign finance law or rule into a vindictive tool for corporations and Republicans beaten by John Edwards. It has seemed to me that much of the attack on John Edwards resulted because he single-handedly handed a bunch of highly paid corporate lawyers their slippery asses and got $millions for his clients.
By now we know what the national GOP organization and connected web stands for, and it is not little kids who get their guts sucked out by defective swimming pool drains. It is the very rich and the very connected corporate blood suckers and plutocrats.
Add in that the Republican majority on the SCOTUS decided that money is speech and with the Citizens United case opened the flood gate for all kinds of political contributions many of which would be defined as bribery if they did not involve partisan politics. They are buying influence in Congress and in elections for congress. The money John Edwards got did not sway one piece of legislation pro or con for rich or poor.
If you are now looking back on all this and the Citizens United ruling wondering, you may want to look at the links below. They raise other interesting points.
John Edwards said after the trial that he thanked the legal system. I suppose he had to say that and make is personal guilty of marital sin admission. He should have thanked the jurors who apparently recognized this Edwards prosecution as an unwarranted witch hunt fueled by giving a man who allegedly stole $1 milllion from the Edwards campaign immunity for his testimony. Jurors must have wondered what kind of priorities the federal prosecutors had and why three years time for something like 40 lawyers wasting taxpayers money.
A few more links [added June 1, 2012] with some expert analysis of the trial. A comment in one of the links is interesting..something to the effect of "It is one thing to ask jurors to through the book at somebody, it is another thing to ask them to write the book." That relates to this being the first prosecution of this kind that had no quid pro quo impacts of the money involved, and also had the FEC disagreeing with the Justice Department.
Last sentence from the "Happy Warrior":
What it is not is a crime. As bad as Edwards's behavior is, the Justice Department's is worse. The urge to ensnare in legalisms every aspect of human existence — including John Edwards's rutting — will consume American liberty.
Liberal, conservative, middle of the road, we should all be concerned when the US Justice Department has nearly unlimited resources to pursue a partisan-motivated witch hunt.
So much for beating that dead horse. But, consider the costs of using government to enforce religious ideals always with the wrong tools. [[[ And, if you have any actual information on how many million dollars and lawyer hours were wasted on this fool's errand, please let me know]]]
*** Stay tuned maybe I will find some sin-free politician to defend..someday--- Doug Wiken