John Edwards' fate in hands of jury
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 3:44
- Date May 21, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Well John Edwards may have lied to the real question the jurors must answer while -- considered their -- excuse me be continued their deliberations easy for me to say is did he commit an actual crime Peter Johnson junior.
Has been following this case from the beginning he joins us now from Greensboro this morning good morning Peter.
You're more likely though you are doing well that is the question -- may have lied but.
There's a crime really exist here or was it in.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- that's a superb question -- what the John -- defense team is saying is this crime has been invented.
This kind has never been charged before in American politics the theory of the prosecution.
Is that the minute and a half dollars was received.
By real hunter John edwards' girlfriend.
Through certain associates including -- who was the top -- that the Senator Edwards and his wife.
The defense says John Edwards never knew about the money.
It and didn't direct.
And the campaign didn't receive the money.
Although he was aware that it was going to his girlfriend.
The defense says it was going to the girlfriend not to hide from the public.
Not to hide from the campaign -- to hide the fact of his girlfriend from his wife.
The late mrs.
Edwards and -- the prosecution says no.
If you must go to jail for thirty years.
And came with a million dollars in fines so if that does happen if Edwards is convicted who gets the credit for that.
The credit would probably go in fact to.
-- young's testimony.
Her testimony was compelling.
She said that Senator Edwards Coulter to cash the checks.
She also painted a sympathetic picture that she really she an -- family where the beckoned all of real hunter and Senator Edwards and that.
Though they may have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for -- home.
That they built and that was payment for the pain and suffering that they underwent as a part of this emotional turmoil.
If there's a conviction.
There will be an appeal.
On these issues -- will -- be an appeal as to whether or not the former Federal Election Commission chairman could have testified in this case.
Because there was testimony in the case that this has never been charged before and that in the past.
Payments have been made.
Two girlfriends of candidates and have been deemed not to be.
Political contributions and on the other side of this on the defense side of Edwards walks out of free manned -- and -- But a slap on the wrist here who gets the credit for that on the defense side.
Well the credit goes to -- a trial -- To a trial lawyer that has argued to this jury that there's a difference between ASEAN in a crime.
This difference between hypocrisy.
And being a head.
And being a low life which I think most Americans agree that John -- -- Edwards is is a -- life being.
And they say yes he's a low life.
But now we didn't actually commit.
Any crimes in fact they say he believed that the money that was -- to real hunter.
Through -- -- and by these two rich benefactors.
And that senator John Edwards believed it was legal you need to prove that he thought it was a crime.
In order to convict him.
And so on this sunny Greensboro today we may have a jury verdict.
Oh how good that the mighty have fallen here in having -- Aren't ruling or presidential candidate Peter Johnson do you live for us in Greensboro, North Carolina -- incredibly.
But toss it over to Gretchen Brian now.