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May 27, 2011


Worst Case Scenario for John Edwards

The Daily Beast has an indictment preview:

"The former senator could end up behind bars, but prosecutors have indicated they'd rather just have Edwards plead guilty to a felony. The problem with that, however, is that he'd have to give up his law license at a time when Edwards is desperate to revive his career and his legacy, and has talked publicly about starting a public-interest law firm. If he'd rather press his luck and risk jail time, odds are it wouldn't be for long. Edwards would be a first offender who, yes, abused his power, but also led a life of public service. On top of that, a judge may be sympathetic to the fact that he has already paid dearly with his reputation, and there is no single identifiable victim in the case to draw empathy."














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