A Sordid Affair: Edwards Faces Indictment


Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards will face prosecution for alleged campaign-law violations. The United States Department of Defense has allowed the government to seek an indictment against Edwards, who is accused of using campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair from the public.

“Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy Federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters,” read an article by ABCNews.com. “The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.”

Edwards admitted last year to fathering a child with Hunter. According to ABC News, the prosecution will have to prove the funds were intended to be used to cover up the affair, allowing Edwards to continue seeking the 2008 Democratic nomination.

The article suggested Edwards has few options before him if he is indicted: “He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.”

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