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Don't sort of -- this session joining me now to discuss -- hold on with John Edwards is finally getting his day in court.
We got live pictures coming in from North Carolina where the jury selection just got under way.
Edwards -- lawyers.
Getting ready to argue over whether he use campaign funds to cover up an affair with a woman who wound up having his child so how does this case look.
And and now mark -- collection of former prosecutor now defense attorney and Kimberly don't well the cohost of the I -- SE.
And a former prosecutor so they said it would never happen he tried to make it not happen we heard about health problem not to help problem.
It wasn't gonna -- they denied -- there was -- a grand jury investigation there was there's a trial he's been charged and will now face a jury of his peers Kimberly now how does this case look for the government.
I think the case that's very good for the government I think they've been able to assemble some good facts and evidence on their behalf.
And even mind these are very serious charges is no laughing matter with John Edwards is looking at.
Which is why was no surprise that he was trying to delayed -- K eight decades which is a common practice with defense -- -- You know claiming one health malady after the -- back.
Justice -- is not just this -- -- -- -- and he's looking at 250000.
Dollar fine on each of -- eight and five.
-- the prosecutor if he is in fact convicted mr.
Edwards could look at serving all this time consecutively.
And be in prison theoretically for a long period.
Not you know markets niceties -- -- -- for the jury and say here's the money.
Silicon John Edwards used it from the campaign donors and used it to pay off the real hunter and -- her it's so much more convoluted than that.
And it's not a slam dunk if he was -- being a crappy husband the government would have proved beyond all doubt but that's not what he's charged -- And most teachers have no idea about the laws regarding campaign contributions.
So Edwards is gonna suggest this was a gift.
And if they can find jurors.
That somehow can embrace that argument not a slam dunk for the government.
Well and -- can really but yes there is some rich woman who was paying.
Money to keep real hunter right -- -- that's fine that's allowed right the question is whether regular people and their donations to his campaign whether those monies.
We're used to fund re yells hideaway correct it's kind of like a little tantalizing.
And counting -- fail if you can follow the funds -- trait that -- From the bunny directly through that's really -- name added that the donor exactly.
A very rich wealthy woman -- -- support a lot of that becoming a democratic candidate anyway you can Trace those back and show that.
Actually decide to that other people campaign donations going in we're going directly benefit.
We now line covered this -- that -- proper.
That's improper use of the -- and that's why he's in trouble and and he's alleged that make false statements about it and lied about it which got everybody from you know Martha -- whatever he can't lie about how much.
What are the odds -- him taking the stand and how much does he pop celebrity if you will play into that case like this.
Generically I'd say the chances -- low that a defendant takes the stand usually there are advised not to in this case I think it's high.
He is a skilled trial lawyer and -- get up there with those good looks the 7000 dollar haircut and he'll woo these jurors simply by.
You're looking them in the eyes are smiling saying I did not know you know this is what I was involved with that yes -- made some mistakes in my lifetime including but not limited to how I cheated on my -- but I didn't do this and I think you can be effective if I'm going possible.
During this sky part of his jury's out his pregnant mr.
-- -- that cancer and his parents died right exactly he's not exactly is sympathetic candidate he's you know I think rob.
Sorry to say ambulance chaser attorneys of the guys that.
Trial association lawyer getting those big out of control.
I played this case this civil verdict this is a guy who had a -- on the I would his wife is dying of cancer and by the way -- mr.
-- hairdo is so -- without.
And mark the thing about about the effect -- Is either a normal case may -- that sort of character evidence wouldn't come and it's a -- of this case it's you were hiding your question it mistress he tell that you because you're running for president so there's no question but that the infidelity comes in -- -- comes in.
The league action news and that the fact that he hit it comes -- the only question is a little whose money did -- use the -- Right.
Correct and that's why jury selection is Keith as had a lot of clients -- go to trial a huge character defects.
I spent most of my jury selection on trying to find people who in no way would hold it against the might make them prove -- -- that they can set that aside and focus on the evidence in the facts and the law and make a proper decision and I think that that is what this case hinges upon jury selection.
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