What's next in the John Edwards trial?
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 4:30
- Date May 20, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Tomorrow jurors again -- -- of deliberations in John Edwards corruption trial Edwards is charged with six felony counts.
He's accused of using nearly a million dollars from wealthy donors to cover up an affair with his pregnant mistress real hunter.
Jurors must decide whether the 2008 presidential candidate knowingly.
And willfully broke campaign finance laws -- a temper fair and balanced debate are.
Defense attorney Jennifer bond -- and former federal prosecutor Kelly -- -- think you both for joining us thank you.
Thanks and our Democrat -- start with you because -- a lot of folks who look at say the trial Roger Clemens here in DC this week it -- -- on -- -- they say.
It is a waste a -- of government time and money to be trying folks they're just trying to make examples out of them is that what's happening what's on efforts.
I believe that's what's happening I do not believe that the occasion and never even gone to injury.
What is very compelling is that the Federal Election Commission looked at this.
And they determined that John Edwards did not violate any campaign -- -- an election campaign not.
Now what it means is that if this jury comes back and come vick's.
Edwards what they're saying is that -- -- -- is responsible.
For administering the laws for enforcing them.
Doesn't understand or can't interpret their -- -- they're -- twelve -- people know better than the Federal Election Commission so it's my position that.
Never should've gone to a jury in the first place and the government's case as we've seen it come out has been very slim.
-- -- -- -- -- Not only has directed to try -- those jurors to convict him but John Edwards could be facing a lot of time in jail.
Right he's looking at thirty years and could be forced to pay restitution of up over a million dollars.
And he's serious counts and you know I respectfully disagree with Jennifer because the reality of the situation is whether this is to make an example or not.
He broke the lot according to prosecutors they believe they can prove this case.
And the government is pressing charges so if he's found convicted he can have to pay the penalties associated with that.
-- Andrew Young is one of the key players here's the former aide who is now testifying against John Edwards he's got community in this whole thing at one point.
He was claiming the so called love child between.
John Edwards and real hunter with his own child he was hiding ray L hunt -- he was you know handling we understand some of the money that was going back and forth here.
That Jennifer how important will his testimony be because there had been something -- inconsistencies.
From him on the stand.
Some inconsistencies my goodness.
He that he they can't -- inconsistent.
Witness and the government's case he -- on his testimony.
And what we do know and it's undisputed it's took the lion's share of that money to enrich himself.
-- -- -- Oh about a 191000.
Dollars went to Riel hunter from this money from bunny Mellon allegedly.
Did the rest of it this is the government witness -- the jury is expected to credit to relying on to determine that John Edwards knowingly.
Willfully campaign contributions.
And I do not believe this witness has advanced the government's -- he's just too incredible it hasn't.
All types of -- and a bias and motive to -- -- quite honestly like how.
Bad Willie Andrew Young -- for the government.
Yeah yeah is bad that a government -- -- -- He is.
In the unit and -- it looks like he's paid for his testimony.
The reality of the situation is -- he wise in edwards' camp he was behind the scenes he knows everything.
He's the guy who helped a -- and if you put into place so it's going to be a question of whether or not the Jerry believes AdWords or young.
And both of them are liars like you can understand Edwards to be -- something.
Young while using the money said Edwards knew and wholesale was trying to get them and he believed in elected to be president of the United States.
-- -- would ask you very quickly both the same question what is the percentage chance do you think that John Edwards is convicted on any of these counts Jennifer.
I think it's 25% chance that's -- -- right Kelly.
I think about 85 I think it's about 85% that they're going to make an example of him he's going to be convicted on some of the lower charges.
He's not gonna spend anywhere near thirty years but he's definitely going to be some time.
All right they go back into day two of deliberations Tamar well will see who is right about those predictions Jennifer and Kelli thank you both very much.
Thanks thanks again.