US Bets Edwards Indictment On Novel Legal Theory

Law360, New York (June 3, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT) -- The salacious criminal indictment handed down Friday against two-time presidential hopeful John Edwards charts unexplored legal ground that could make the case tricky — but not impossible — for prosecutors to prove, experts say.

In particular, the case hinges on the novel idea that nearly $1 million in private gift money — allegedly used to hide the pro-family values candidate's extramarital affair and love child during the 2008 presidential election cycle — actually amounted to campaign donations that should have been reported to the government....
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