By Michael Collins
It’s about time.
John Edwards Trial: Justice Department Drops Case Against Ex-Senator
By MICHAEL BIESECKER 06/13/12 08:44 PM ET AP
RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal prosecutors dropped all charges Wednesday against John Edwards, triggering criticism that the year-long prosecution of the former presidential candidate was a waste of time and taxpayer money.
The U.S. Justice Department said in a court order that it will not seek to retry Edwards on the five unresolved counts.
“Last month, the government put forward its best case against Mr. Edwards, and I am proud of the skilled and professional way in which our prosecutors…. conducted this trial,” he said, adding that he respected the jury’s judgment and decided not to seek a retrial “in the interest of justice.”
How many times have you seen a Discovery ID or other documenarycrime show in which a prosecutor is adamant on the guilt of a convicted murderer who was just proven innocent by reason of DNA testing.
Why is this any different? Never mind that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United made the charges irrelevant, largely Never mind that cases against politicians brought by the Federal government against politicians are on a losing streak (see Justice-Integrity Project).
This was a turkey from the start. That’s all the motivation by the government we need to know now.
The Edwards Prosecution – They have better things to do, June 7, 2011