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[April 5 JOHNNY REID “JOHN” EDWARDS: Back in court ]

 

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Edwards and Frances

 

Formr U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards’ return to the courtroom as a lawyer ended with a settlement and a mistrial.
The family of Kaiden Gaymon also sued the hospital, and Edwards said both sides reached a $13 million settlement that should help the boy get treatment for his health problems.

 

[April 27 2014  ‘Bunny’ dies: not guilty of campaign law violation]

At Bunny Mellon ’s funeral, the service was open to the public, so it was impossible to determine if former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), was welcome or if this was another stop on the Edwards Redemption Tour. Edwards and his eldest daughter, Cate, arrived too late to be seated in the church and were directed to a side building, where they joined the overflow crowd. After the service ended, Edwards stood near the gravesite, then worked the crowd. Published: March 28

[March 18]

Bunny with Jackie

In his 2012 memoir, “Dropped Names,” actor Frank Langella, a longtime friend of Rachel “Bunny” Lowe Lambert Mellon, wrote candidly about the Edwards episode. “ ‘Well I suppose it’s my own damn fault,’ she told me, ‘he was so attractive. White shirt, white pants, sleeves rolled up. And you know I’m weak on good looks.’ ”
Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the Listerine fortune heiress who married arts patron and philanthropist Paul Mellon, was a confidante of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and redesigned the White House Rose Garden, died March 17 at her home in Upperville, Va. She was 103. Rachel Lowe Lambert was born in New York on Aug. 9, 1910, into a family that had made its fortune producing Listerine mouthwash. Her father, Gerard, was president of the Gillette Safety Razor Co. Her paternal grandfather, chemist Jordan Lambert, was the inventor of Listerine, which was later marketed by her father. Her mother, Anne Elizabeth Parkhill, related to GHWB, GWB, “thomas walker” “Bush” At 101, she found herself improbably drawn into the legal battle of John Edwards, the former U.S. senator and presidential aspirant charged with violating campaign finance laws.

Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, was tried in 2012 on charges that he took nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions from wealthy donors to support his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and conceal her from voters during his 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Prosecutors attributed more than $700,000 to Mrs. Mellon and $200,000 to Texas lawyer Fred Baron.

Mrs. Mellon, who was not accused of breaking any laws, was entranced by the charismatic Edwards and wanted to help his quest for the presidency after he was criticized during the campaign for having a $400 haircut, according to witnesses in the case. Edwards dropped out of the race in January 2008.

On May 30, 2012, a federal jury in Greensboro, N.C., acquitted Edwards of one charge, and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five charges. The Juj.   stice Department later decided not to retry him on the five charges.

[May 31 2012]

Waiting for Edwards jury to adjourn for weekend on May 18

John Edwards and Rielle Hunter

In UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v.JOHNNY REID EDWARDS, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, A federal jury of four women and eight men in Greensboro, North Carolina, today found Edwards not guilty of one count of violating campaign finance laws. On that charge, the government alleged that in 2008 Edwards knowingly accepted more money from campaign donor Rachel “Bunny” Mellon than was allowed by law and the judge declared a mistrial on the five other charges. [May 18]The prosecution and defense had given their closing arguments on May 17. The government retold its case, moving chronologically just like it did when presenting evidence on its side of the case. They asked the jury to use common sense when deliberating, in considering if Edwards was unaware of this entire effort.
Defense attorney said there is an important difference between a wrong and a crime. John Edwards committed an offense against his family but broke no law. He has committed a sin but no felony. He was a bad husband who tried desperately to hide his affair. He is not guilty of campaign finance violations. The other main thing that Lowell did today was really continue his assault on the prosecution’s key witness Andrew Young. The jury were taking notes for really the full four hours, a lot of eye contact with some of the lawyers. They were nodding at times with the d.      efense attorneys, not sure what that means, whether they’re just following along or in agreement, but they were nodding along.
The defense team rested May 15 without calling the two-time Democratic presidential candidate or his one-time mistress to the witness stand, The defense rested after less than three days of testimony. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin May 16, and the jury is expected to start deliberations on May 17.

In violation of Title 2, United States Code, Sections 441a(a)(1)(A), 441a(f), and 437g(d)(1)(A)(i) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2. Edwards is charged with knowingly and willfully accepting and receiving contributions in excess of the limits of the Election Act, and other crimes

 

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35-year-old medical worker Danielle King and 60-year-old friend

35-year-old medical worker Danielle King and 60-year-old friend

A 35-year-old medical worker Danielle King is seeing John Edwards, who’s practicing law again. Rielle Hunter only agreed to such a small amount of support from John because he promised her that they’d be together forever, The unemployed 49-year-old mother of John’s love child, Frances Quinn, 5, currently gets $5,000 a month.

[February 18]

John Edwards said he is reuniting with his former law partner, prominent trial lawyer David Kirby, to form the law firm Edwards Kirby. The new firm also features another lawyer named Edwards – his oldest daughter Cate.
The new firm has six attorneys and plans to open its doors for business February 18.
https://twitter.com/Cate_Edwards

[May 5 2012]




 

The lawyer for a wealthy heiress who provided secret payments intended to help John Edwards testified May 4 that the former presidential candidate acknowledged the money had been given for his benefit.

Alex D. Forger said that Edwards’ then-lawyer Wade Smith told him in the fall of 2008 that the former candidate agreed that the $725,000 given by 101-year-old Rachel “Bunny” Mellon had been provided to help him.
Forger also knew Young was a fundraiser for Edwards, and was concerned about whether his client had violated any laws. Individual contributions to political candidates were then limited to $2,300 an election cycle.

“I knew Mrs. Mellon was not buying furniture,” Forger testified. “Was this a scam? Was this a criminal matter where funds had been siphoned off from her? I didn’t know.”

Forger said he asked the Edwards lawyer whether his client agreed the money was intended for his benefit. Smith replied that he didn’t know but would find out.

A short time later, Smith called back.

“‘Yes, John acknowledges now that these were for his benefit,'” Forger quoted Smith as saying.

 Loews Hotels Regency Edwards

Loews Hotels Regency Edwards


Andrew Young, the former aide who wrote the tell-all book about Edwards’ 2008 presidential bid, is on the prosecution’s list, as is his wife, Cheri.
• Rielle Hunter, the former campaign videographer at the heart of the case, could be called by either side.

• Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the centenarian who provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for living expenses for Hunter, and Lisa Blue, the widow of Fred Baron, the wealthy Texas lawyer, who helped out, too, are on the government’s list.
Julianna Smoot, deputy manager of President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential re-election campaign and a former professional fundraiser for the Democratic party, is on the prosecution’s witness list. She works in Chicago. Until March, she was the White House social secretary. She graduated from Smith. She is a daughter of Edward B. Smoot and Julia L. Smoot of Willow Springs, N.C.

High-profile North Carolina lawyers Joseph B. Cheshire V, Jim Cooney and Wade Smith are on Edwards’ list of possible witnesses.

Both Cooney and Smith represented Edwards for a time. Smith withdrew from Edwards’ team when it became clear he might be called as a witness to talk about a phone conversation he had with Alex Forger, Mellon’s lawyer.

Bryan Huffman, an interior decorator from western North Carolina who was involved in the transfer of money from Mellon, is listed as a potential witness for both the prosecution and defense.

Cate Edwards, the grown daughter of the former presidential candidate and one-term Democratic senator, could be called to testify on her father’s behalf.

Edwards’ former law partner David Kirby is on both lists. Josh Stein, a state senator from Raleigh and former campaign manager for Edwards’ senate run, is listed as a witness for the prosecution.

[April 12]More than three years after the federal government launched an investigation into the financing of the cover-up of Edwards’ affair with fledgling videographer Rielle Hunter, jury selection is finally set to begin.

Both sides agreed at a pre-trial hearing that the video made by Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter should not be shown to jurors deciding whether the Democrat is guilty of campaign finance violations. Hunter sued Young and his wife in 2010 over control of the sex tape, which had been left at a property controlled by Young. During the resulting court fight, campaign aide Andrew Young gave sometimes conflicting accounts of how many copies he made of the sex tape he purloined and how many people saw it.
A state judge found the Youngs in contempt of court for not following his orders to turn over all copies of the tape, though the contempt threat was dropped once the Youngs complied.
The case is about far more than a coverup of infidelities; that, among other things, Edwards’s maneuvering left him open to manipulation and bribery by illicit contributors had he reached the White House. Edwards maintains contact with Hunter for the sake of seeing their daughter who lives a couple of hours away, in North Carolina. Edwards “wants to always be there for Quinn,” Edwards’s legal team is led by well-known Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell, who assumed control of the defense after a series of other lawyers, including Obama’s former White House counsel Gregory Craig, left the case amid rumors that they were unable to secure a plea deal to Edwards’s liking. Added to Senator John Edwards defense lawyers Washington attorneys Abbe Lowell and Chris Man : Alan Duncan and Allison Van Laningham, who both represented Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, in her civil lawsuit against former Edwards aide Andrew Young over items she claims were stolen from her, including a videotape purported to show Edwards and Hunter having sex.

 


[March 22] In an interview with “Extra” from early 2007 Rielle Hunter confirmed that she approached Edwards in a Loews Hotels Regency bar.
— A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.
Edwards is the first big name to surface in connection to Gristina’s alleged prostitution scheme run out of an Upper East Side apartment.

Edwards allegedly hooked up with one of Gristina’s high-end hookers in 2007 when the dashing pol from North Carolina brought his then high-flying presidential campaign to the Big Apple.
The one-night fling allegedly took place at an Upper East Side hotel suite and was arranged by an aide with help from a New Yorker familiar with Gristina’s prostitution ring, sources said.
“On The Inside” sources said investigators were able to substantiate that Edwards was in New York on a fund-raising tour at the time of the alleged encounter.
Records show the Edwards campaign spent thousands of dollars for near-monthly stays at the Loews Hotels Regency at 540 Park Ave. on the Upper East Side in 2007, along with stays at several other Manhattan hotels including a Comfort Inn on West 39th Street.
The Loews Hotels Regency is also where he reportedly met videographer Rielle Hunter, who bore Edwards a love child while his wife, Elizabeth, battled cancer.

Dilworth section of Charlotte, N.C., Paula Broadwell, Rielle Hunter

Dilworth section of Charlotte, N.C., Paula Broadwell, Rielle Hunter

John Edwards was certain that he was having a heart attack, so he called Rielle Hunter, it is said. .She rushed over from her place in Charlotte. On being released from N.C. Memorial Hospital, Edwards returned to the Chapel Hill, N.C., estate he once shared with his late wife Elizabeth.
He now lives there with his two youngest kids, Emma Claire, 14, and Jack, 12. He and Rielle are not living together,
Paula Broadwell, Gen. David Petraeus’s “other woman,” lives just about 1.6 miles away from the home of Rielle Hunter. Both women reside in the Dilworth section of Charlotte, N.C.

[September 15, 2012]

Rielle Hunter

Rielle Hunter

The twitter-sphere is rife with rumors that Rielle Hunter and John Edwards are very much together again after the big breakup that occurred this summer upon the release of her book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. (It was, in fact, the first time they’d ever really broken up since that fateful night in February 2006 at the Regency Hotel.) But recently, there’ve been sightings of the two, frolicking around, and not just in a co-parenting sort of way. “I’m thinking maybe this breakup didn’t last too long,” I tell her.

“I don’t want to talk about our relationship,” she says, sweetly but firmly.

Dismissed pursuant to Rule, with prejudice

Dismissed pursuant to Rule, with prejudice


[June 14]The Justice Department has dropped its criminal case against former presidential candidate John Edwards. His campaign finance trial ended in a mistrial last month, with jurors acquitting him of one of six counts related to a a donation in 2008 from his friend, wealthy banking heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.

The jurors 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. The Justice Department filed notice with U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles in North Carolina on Wednesday that it was dropping the remaining charges.

Rielle Hunter

Rielle Hunter


John Edwards’s former mistress, Rielle Hunter, has been granted immunity for anything she says on the stand during the ex-presidential candidate’s trial, according to a report on Thursday.
Federal prosecutors granted Hunter immunity from criminal charges if she is called as a witness. The former senator and ex-Democratic presidential candidate is accused of conspiring to violate campaign-finance laws and using about $1 million from campaign donors to cover up his affair and child with Hunter. Prosecutors have said they will likely call Hunter to the stand.
Edwards’s trial, which had been delayed because of a life-threatening heart condition, is now set to begin next month. Jury selection starts April 12 and opening arguments will kick off April 23.
Aside from getting excited “about missing her period,” the former political videographer is preparing for baby #2 by embracing her new soccer mom lifestyle, making friends with other moms, and abstaining from alcohol.
“Rielle’s biological clock is ticking loudly and she’s desperate to have another baby with John,” a source close to Rielle says. “She’s not sure what the future holds for John, and that’s what made her even more determined. She wants to get pregnant before the trial begins.”
“She’d love to have another sibling for their daughter Quinn. And John, who loves children as much as she does, is on board with the baby plan — and it’s given him even more impetus to win his trial and not go to prison.”

John and Frances

John and Frances


Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will stand trial on campaign finance-related charges; jury selection to begin April 12 and opening arguments for April 23.

Edwards is facing six felony charges stemming from nearly $1 million in payments two of his political backers made to cover expenses incurred by his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her child that Edwards fathered. Some of the money was paid as Edwards was running for president in 2007 and 2008. Some of it was paid after he quit the race.

The government contends that the payments were campaign donations intended to advance his political career.
 

John Edwards Indictment

John Edwards Indictment

 

Grand Jury Allegations

Grand Jury Allegations


[December 22, 2011]A federal judge says she has two letters from a cardiologist saying ex-presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery in February.
The letters were revealed during a hearing Friday to consider whether the 58-year-old ex-North Carolina Senator would go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.
Attorneys for Edwards were seeking a 60-day delay to allow time for Edwards to recover. The judge delayed the trial to March 26.
Edwards was in court at the judge’s request, although doctors advised him to avoid travel and all court proceedings.
Prosecutors say they’re ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run. The latest from the National Enquirer: “John Edwards Secret Wedding to Rielle! His desperate attempt to CHEAT JUSTICE.” The mainstream media normally would turn a blind eye to such headlines. But this case – made for the tabloids with its infidelity, Hollywood-handsome characters, large financial gifts and jet-setting lifestyles – has been stranger than fiction. The tabloids, with reports that seemed farfetched and bogus, often had the story right and first.

[December 22]John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed.

In a motion filed Thursday, Edwards’ lawyers asked a federal judge to delay the start of the Jan. 30 trial for at least two months. They did not disclose his illness and filed sealed records with the court. Prosecutors said they are ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 run for the While House.
Has disgraced ex-senator, Edwards’ whose illicit affair with Rielle Hunter, 47, and her pregnancy was uncovered during the 2008 presidential campaign , asked the blonde divorcee to move into his North Carolina home? Is she “considering the move?”
[June 3]John Edwards, the former Democratic senator from North Carolina, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he conspired to cover up an extramarital affair while running for president in 2008 by “secretly obtaining,” misusing and misreporting certain campaign contributions in violation of federal law.
He entered his plea at the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem on the afternoon of June 3, setting the stage for a trial to begin July 11. When the judge read him his list of rights, including the right to remain silent, Mr. Edwards, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and twice a candidate for president, said: “Your honor, I’m an attorney. I’m aware of that.”

GENERAL ALLEGATIONS
Relevant Persons and Entities
1. From in or about 1999 until in or about 2005,
JOHNNY REID EDWARDS was a United States
Senator from the State of North Earolina. From in or about 2007
until in or about 2008, EDWARDS was a candidate for the office of
President of the United States. A centerpiece of
candidacy was his public image as a devoted family man. The
communication strategy developed by campaign stressed
the importance of publicizing, among other things, “that
family comes first.”
2. Person A,`a long-time assistant to EDWARDS, worked
for EDWARDS on his presidential campaign. Person A’s duties as a
campaign employee included, among other things, handling personal
tasks on behalf of EDWARDS.
3. From in or about February 2006 through at least in
or about August 2008, EDWARDS had an extramarital affair with
Person B, which resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of a child.
4. Person was a political supporter of EDWARDS
beginning in or about 2004.
5. Person was involved in raising campaign funds
for EDWARDS, and served as his campaign’s Finance Chair during
the 2008 presidential campaign cycle.
6. In or about January 2007, EDWARDS formed the “John
Edwards for President” Committee to receive contributions to
EDWARDS in support of his candidacy for President of the United
States.
Federal Campaign Contribution Limit
and Disclosure Requirements
7. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as
amended, Title 2, United States Code, Sections 431 through 455
(the “Election Act”), was a federal statute that regulated the
influence of money on politics in order to prevent corruption and
the appearance of corruption in federal elections.
8. In order to restrict the influence that any one
person could have on the outcome of the 2008 primary election for
President of the United States, the Election Act established that
the most an individual could contribute to any candidate for that
primary election was $2,300. The Election Act also prohibited
presidential candidates from accepting contributions from
individuals in excess of this limit. EDWARDS and the John
Edwards for President Committee were subject to the Election Act
and its contribution limit.
9. The Election Act’s contribution limit applied to
anything of value provided for the purpose of influencing the
presidential election, including contributions to a candidate
and his/her campaign; expenditures made in cooperation,
consultation, or concert, with, or at the request or suggestion
of, a candidate or his/her campaign; and payments for
personal expenses of a candidate unless they would have been made
irrespective of the candidacy.
10. The Federal Election Commission was an
agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government
responsible for the administration and civil enforcement of
federal election and campaign finance laws.
11. The Election Act required each presidential
campaign committee to file periodic campaign finance reports with
the FEC. In these reports, the committees were required to
identify each person who, during the relevant reporting period,
contributed more than $200 to the committee, together with the
date and the amount of any such contribution. The committees
were also required to disclose expenditures by the campaign.
EDWARDS, through the John Edwards for President Committee, was
required tc and did, in fact, file these periodic reports with
the`FEC.
12. The periodic reports that campaign committees
filed with the FEC were made available to the public. These
reports were intended to provide citizens with a transparent
record of the amounts and sources of campaign contributions, and
were intended to assist voters in making informed decisions at
the polls.