Soon we'll know if former presidential candidate John Edwards goes to jail.
We're told that he faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.
Why? So what if a politician spends campaign money trying to hide an affair? Hiding it would have helped his campaign. What difference does it make if he spent his contributors' money on deceitful political ads or other deceit to advance his career? John Edwards should not go to jail for violating campaign finance laws.
Edwards should go to jail for what he did to America. Especially to women. Before Edwards became a slick politician, he was a slick trial lawyer. He sued doctors, claiming their reluctance to do Caesarian sections caused cerebral palsy. The babies, he said, had been deprived of oxygen.
With one jury, he impersonated an injured baby in a womb:
I feel her presence. She's inside me, and she's talking to you, [and she's saying] ‘I'm having problems, I need out!'
The jury returned a $6.5 million verdict.
Edwards and others made millions off similar lawsuits. That's the real scandal because doctors now do more C-Sections because they fear lawyers. The percentage of C-sections has surged from 6% to about 30%.
This raised costs, and increased women's pain, hospital stays, and risk of death. Did the sharp increase at least reduce the rate of cerebral palsy? Oops. No. Not a bit.
Edwards' theory was wrong.
So did he give the money back? No. Of course not. They never do.
Let's put him on trial for raising costs, and endangering women.