COMMENTARY | With the news that John Edwards was indicted for inappropriately using his campaign funds in his 2008 presidential campaign in affiliation with his extramarital affair, there are many important, interesting and controversial things that I have discovered.
“The Culture of Corruption”
Although I do not normally agree with or support many of Rush Limbaugh’s beliefs or his general conservative ideology, I do acknowledge that Limbaugh had merit for attacking some liberals for their corrupt actions. The phrase “the culture of corruption” was uttered by Limbaugh on his radio show Thursday in reference to U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s vulgar and heinous tweets that Weiner still has not convinced me that he did not send.
Only one day after Limbaugh’s catchy phrase, Edwards has been indicted for inappropriately using political funds in connection with his extramarital affair.
Edwards’ public demeanor and temperament
While I have not been a supporter or a follower of Edwards when he was a politician, I do remember him on television and being interviewed by Katie Couric with his late wife. I believed that the former senator had a warm heart, was supportive of his wife and was an overall decent and caring individual. However, I have changed my perspective on Edwards since he has been indicted. I am now shocked and disappointed at his behavior and strongly believe that he has saddened many of his supporters, his closest friends and many Americans.
Former U.S. senator faces harsh felony charges
One of the most surprising pieces of information that I have discovered about the 2004 vice presidential nominee was that, if convicted of the six felony charges, Edwards may have to spend 30 years in the penal system and surrender $1.5 million. For an individual who is 57 years old, this possible sentence will mean that the former Democratic presidential hopeful may not ever be released from prison.
In my opinion, I do believe that Edwards will find one of the best teams of lawyers in the country in an attempt to squash these charges and avoid jail time. Since I am only 21, I do not have much expertise in regard to historic American law cases, but I do know that Edwards’ eventual courtroom battle will be a media favorite and will be talked about for years to come.
James Oliphant, Richard A. Serrano and David G. Savage, “John Edwards pleads not guilty: ‘I did not break the law'”, Los Angeles Times.
James Vacini, “Factbox: John Edwards latest politician to face charges”, Reuters.