Saturday Open Thread
Your turn. President Obama officially launched his bid for reelection today.
I haven't read any George Zimmerman news today, but feel free to discuss the case here.
It doesn't look like the Government is going to call Rielle Hunter in the John Edwards trial. Hampton Dellinger says the Government told the court yesterday afternoon it anticipated concluding its case by next Thursday. It provided its next six witnesses and Rielle wasn't one of them. While that's no guarantee, I don't see any benefit to the Government from calling her. All the money she got went though Andrew Young. And since two of the lawyers who represented her in the state civil case against Andrew Young are now representing Edwards at trial, with her approval, I think she'd try to help Edwards, even though the Government gave her immunity from prosecution in exchange for her telling
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I also don't think Andrew Forger, Bunny's lawyer, hurt Edwards by saying he knew the money went to his benefit. There was no time frame given as to when Edwards first knew that, and Forger didn't get the information until the fall of 2008, after the crime. According to Forger, in 2007, Edwards and Fred Baron both told him they didn't know Andrew Young had taken money from Bunny. Edwards suggested to Forger that Andrew Young should have to repay the money.
Also, an expenditure "for his benefit" amy not be the same thing as for his "personal use" under the campaign contribution statute. And even if it did go to his benefit and was for his personal use, it still had to be for the purpose of influencing the election -- rather than hiding Hunter from the media so his wife wouldn't learn that his affair was more than a one night stand. And Edwards, during his case, may present evidence that Baron and Mellon would have given the gifts even if he hadn't been running for office, because they were friends. I'll write more about all this later.
In the meantime, here's an open thread, all topics welcome.
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