The allegation is that John Edwards "misused campaign funds to cover up an affair." DOJ might consider accepting a plea. In that case, Edward would have to "admit to wrongdoing and surrender his license to practice law while avoiding a costly and embarrassing trial."
That's the story. But I wonder what DOJ's motive is.
Why suspect them? Not because I'd like to see John Edwards get off, but rather because virtually none of the instances of corruption and malfeasance that piled up during the reigns of Ashcroft and Gonzales at that department have been dealt with. Edwards is a cad and an opportunist and he did severe damage to his family and to those with whom he worked, not to mention people who voted for him in good conscience. But he is a mere speck of pond scum compared to the accumulation of unaddressed criminality successive candidates and elected officials have engaged in for more than three decades.
DOJ needs to reset its priorities and quit avoiding the tough issues. Let the Bar put a wall between Edwards and his law practice.