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John Edwards & Plea

June 7, 2011 by USA Post 

John Edwards & PleaJohn Edwards & Plea, The prosecution presented a final offer to John Edwards, before he was charged last Friday, but the former senator and presidential candidate could not accept the idea of?? Going to jail, according to a report in The News & Observer. The agreement would have avoided felony charges for Edwards, making it possible for him to keep his law license. But if you plead guilty to three misdemeanor violations of campaign finance law, prosecutors wanted a sentence that would result in a maximum of six months in prison.

Sources close to the negotiations told The News & Observer that the defense would at least be able to argue before a judge of alternatives to prison, a halfway house, media or weekend arrest.

Late Thursday night, Edwards and his legal team held a series of conference calls with prosecutors in Washington DC

What began, as a discussion of a felony with the possibility of not going to jail had become a settlement for misdemeanors, but more security prison? This new twist came relatively late in the talks.
But on Thursday became Friday; Edwards could not agree to silence their lawyers to make arguments to a judge about childbirth.

Sources told the newspaper that the parties agreed to talk again in the morning, and that the prospect of an agreement was uncertain until minutes before a grand jury indicted Edwards.

Edwards now faces six counts: one count of conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, four counts of accepting and receiving illegal campaign contributions from two donors and one count of concealing illegal donations to the FEC. In a brief statement Friday, Edwards admitted he had “done wrong”, but insisted that “not violate the law and I never thought I was breaking the law.”

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