In a new installment of Point of Law's regular podcast series, James Copland and Ted Frank discuss the John Edwards trial and the potential overcriminalization and regulatory overreach involved.
The podcast was taped before the verdict was announced, as reported today:
In a blow to the government, the 12 jurors acquitted the former North Carolina senator on one count related to a donation in 2008 from his friend, wealthy banking heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. That count, one of six, was considered to be the weakest, because that payment to an Edwards aide was made as Mr. Edwards's presidential campaign was winding down.
The jurors in federal court here then said they were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining five counts, which included a conspiracy charge and two charges related to donations from another wealthy donor, the late Fred Baron.