I learned quickly when I began reporting on court proceedings; there is a difference between ‘not guilty’ and ‘innocent’. A jury found former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards not guilty on one count of campaign fraud, and a mistrial was declared on five other counts. He allegedly used campaign money to cover up his relationship with a woman while he was running for president. The couple has a four-year-old daughter.
Nothing ‘innocent’ about Edwards, who admits he did an “awful, awful lot” that was wrong. Cheating on a wife who was dying of cancer is ugly, despicable behavior … no doubt about that. Many Americans have already judged Edwards and found him guilty … of being a dirt bag.
But of course, Edwards was never charged with being a jerk, and courts have a funny way of sticking to the specific legal allegations at hand.
His kids apparently still love him. And that’s about the only good thing I can see in this awful story.
Our thought for today is from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.:
“This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.”