Christ onna cracker, 4 pages of replies and not onna you guys told me what Edwards was charged with. I had to Google it.
Five counts of campaign finance fraud, it appears.
John Edwards News - The New York Times
I have difficulty keeping my ****heels sorted; is this the guy who disappeared from the governor's office for a week and then reappeared, claiming he'd been lost on the Appalachian Trail? The one who was later shown to have really been in some South American country partying with a gorgeous woman-not-his-wife?
In any event, the fault, IMO, lies with the prosecution. Sounds as if the indictment was defective -- they probably should have charged tax evasion if they believed he absorbed campaign contributions into his personal finances.