The case against former presidential hopeful John Edwards appears to be gaining momentum as his defense team attacks the credibility of Andrew Young, one of the prosecutions key witnesses. Although he denied being the one who notified the National Enquirer about the senators mistress, Young confirmed that he did in fact have the Enquirers phone number in his Rolodex. Abbe Lowell, defense attorney for Edwards, worked a theory that it was Young who blew the whistle on Edwards, but not until he allegedly enriched his own portfolio. Lowell suggested that Young was attempting to go after financial donors for funding to cover the pregnancy and establish a paternity test. It was also suggested that Young used a substantial amount of campaign funds to complete and even aid in further expanding of his own home, which he happened to be working on at the time. Items like a swimming pool and a guest room in the attic were supposedly completed by campaign funds.
This issue of appropriating funds received to help politicians gain office has been a hot potato for many years now and the dirty laundry being washed here in public will only confirm that. There are all sorts of crimes that were committed in the Edwards case and if the suggestions being brought about here have been proven then I believe Edwards should serve time behind bars for his crime, although 30 years is probably a bit excessive. On the other hand, Andrew Young seems to be guilty of his own set of crimes and I would not be surprised if he ends up serving time in the same prison for the part he played in this scandal. “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”. Sir Walter Scott