Conspiracy in Edwards scandal?
Fred Tecce on the latest in trial
- Duration 3:55
- Date May 7, 2012
Fred Tecce on the latest in trial
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Well the attorney.
Here is his money is at the center of the John -- trial is back on the witness stand today Alex -- -- facing cross examination from the actress defense team now.
The former presidential candidate facing a slew of charges including conspiracy in our next guest says -- can't forget.
The conspiracy part former federal prosecutor Fred -- he joins us live from Philadelphia.
The city of brotherly love -- a -- -- for John Everett -- days of Fred he's taken spears is the important part that we're all focused on this money where to go what happened but.
Conspiracy you say is what we have to watch why -- that.
Right right right up -- why Danica is a prosecutor when you charge conspiracy you have to show two things actually that you knew about the conspiracy.
And you took one step in furtherance of and in here the conspiracy that was charged.
Was is that the -- campaign got together and made false statements to the Federal Election Commission the FB CIE.
They didn't tell the FBC about these these payments and end.
Ultimately the purpose of that was so that the FBC -- look at and it's another one they should have been outside the campaign in which case they -- personal or wish they would have said to.
You know their their -- campaigning you've exceeded the limits in the end.
The great thing about a prosecute as a prosecutors is that you can't argue that the reason they did that was because they knew that the FCC was gonna say normal hallway to many guys -- campaign contribution.
Course they would argue that this is private this is personal it John let's give me you know a few 100000 dollars oh yeah if you and I do what it.
I think -- giant.
Big name but I can't tell everybody to -- Well that you know if you do.
Down that's the whole thing break that that's what the whole -- about that's -- argument they're gonna say luck.
You know I always try it you know this is a personal matter -- you know my wife was -- -- cancer I don't wanna her to know that -- gotta go this woman pregnant out of but a lot.
If so -- at the end of the day but when you really think about it his defenses I may have been a purple hearts go but I wasn't -- their ball politicians I don't know where that gets home.
But at the end it.
The other side aquinas a state with the law requires is that if -- given at the request of the campaign.
Or for expenses that otherwise you wouldn't have been incurred bought for his candidacy.
And the fact is in the government's theory is is is -- you were trying to hide from the public.
This this out of wedlock child because you've -- yourself up as a family man and because of that that's what the expenses were incurred for.
-- the attorney says -- at the attorney that was and is on the witness and said that Edwards knew this money was for his benefit whether that was for the political benefit his political benefit or personal benefit that's -- -- -- -- -- is in question if you're public figure I -- -- Is there truly any division.
Between this two spears.
Wolf if you're public figure -- the answer is yes there is a division -- when you're running for public office that line gets really blurred and I think that's what's going on and on cross examination this lawyer's gonna have to admit.
That Edwards never sent us for the campaign.
They argue that you would agree -- we share that as it was all your conversations with mister average you didn't know -- this was personal we're part of a campaign and -- -- -- have to -- yesterday.
When you think Edwards goes to prison.
You know like -- I and it's I have you really need -- I've read into and a lot of the last few days personally charged little bit differently but if he gets convicted on the conspiracy camp.
Under the guidelines they think he will go to jail now how would you charge it.
I -- -- there's actually what's called a client conspiracy.
Which is a conspiracy to impede the lawful function of a governmental agency.
I wanna charge think they did Edwards and everybody is they all lied -- -- young life -- and everybody -- tell lies that they all got together.
And they didn't let the FEC do its job they didn't make a full disclosure and as a result of that the FBC couldn't look at this carefully and come to the right conclusion and that's a crime in itself.
To -- the lawful functional and actually prosecuted in airline and FAA officials it's a very broad crime and I would have prosecuted differently but I don't work anymore.
-- -- -- Interesting -- while we appreciate your expertise in the case for Carla thank you very much or is nice to have thank you very much -- got.