Really this is not a case I've been paying much attention to. I notice that Limbaugh has been typically obsessed which shows how petty he is. Just so he can enjoy schadenfreude over the misery of a former Democratic heavyweight. It's not like Edwards is even in politics anymore.
Today Rush was at it again whining that the jury sure has been out a long time-what could they be doing for nine days when of course the case is such a slam dunk. In reality it wasn't. The jury returned form it's deliberations and declared Edwards not guilty on campaign finance abuse and it was deadlocked on the other five counts.
"Edwards expressed gratitude to his family — “including my precious Quinn,” the daughter he had with the mistress at the center of the charges — and thanked the jurors for their hard work. “Thank goodness that we live in a country that has the kind of system that we have,” he said.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76927.html#ixzz1wUro6kBF
That's true this is another case of the system working. Really what had Edwards actually done? This is again private stuff. It's a shame he cheated on his wife but really that's a family problem and it was an unbecoming and wasteful specter to make a man's private infidelities the subject of public trials. The government certainly has bigger fish to fry and it seems while they could go for a retrial no one is very excited about this prospect:
"Edwards faces the possibility of another trial. But quickly after the mistrial was declared came indications from the government that he may well be off the hook."
“It’s very unlikely that there will be a retrial,” a federal official told POLITICO Thursday evening.
I admit there's a little schadenfreude fore me in this for Limbaugh and the other Right wing haters who try to turn everything into Weinergate.
Whether or not Edwards can ever get back into politics we do not know. But one way or the other hopefully he has learnt what's important through this. I wish him peace.
While there's nothing admirable in cheating on your wife it's also a fact that 65% of married men do it. This doesn't make Edwards right but it shows he's not necessarily a moral monster. We should also remember the good things he stands for and genuinely cares about like youth in poverty. Hey I'd probably vote for him again though of course I'm an outlier on some things...