Hey guys, John Edwards has a great idea! How about we just forget all about that pesky federal case, which alleges he used nearly $1 million in campaign contributions to support his pregnant mistress. This week, Edwards filed documents asking that the case be dismissed on the grounds that his actions, while undeniably sleazy, weren't criminal, and the case was brought against him for political reasons.
As mentioned earlier, a key question in the case is whether or not Edwards believed contributions made by Bunny Mellon and Fred Baron were intended to be campaign funds, or just a couple of hundred dollars passed between friends. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the money wasn't filed as a campaign contribution, and now in hundred of pages of documents, Edwards' lawyers argue that the money was given to him for personal reasons. Though, as prosecutors claim, a candidate who's presented himself as a family man certainly has political reasons for not wanting the world to know that he's cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. The defense explains: