Dec. 25, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER
Download CQ Roll Call's Definitive Guide to the 114th Congress | Sign Up for Roll Call Newsletters | Get the Latest on the Roll Call App

Edwards Verdict a Blow to Public Corruption Prosecutions

CQ Roll Call File Photo

Federal prosecutors said those donations were campaign contributions because Edwards’ bid for the Democratic nomination depended in part on his image as a devoted father and family man. At the time of the indictment, legal experts told Roll Call that securing a conviction in the Edwards case would require a broad reading of what constitutes a campaign finance contribution and that there was conflicting precedent in similar civil cases that have been considered by the Federal Election Commission.

“Stevens didn’t go well and this didn’t go well. It may chasten the Justice Department on going after politicians using shaky legal theories,” Hasen said.

comments powered by Disqus




Want Roll Call on your doorstep?