What We Know For Sure About John Edwards

Every though I was heavily involved in the reporting on the John Edwards story just after the story broke about The National Enquirer catching Edwards leaving the Beverly Hilton hotelhere are my predictions about where the Edwards story was headed, from August 2008 — I haven’t really been following the Edwards trial closely.

What I’ve heard seems convoluted. Some of the money flowed to Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young after Edwards’s campaign was over. But — we do know some things for sure.

Rielle Hunter & John Edwards slept together the first night they met. The affair began immediately. Therefore, the Edwards campaign hired Hunter to ostensibly to create videos but the whole point was really that Edwards would be able to travel with his mistress so he could spend time and sleep with her. The job was cover so they could be with each other.

That’s what happened, too. When Edwards did a short tour to announce his candidacy in December, 2006 Rielle was him. Elizabeth Edwards was not. The picture below was taken by tech writer Robert Scoble, who wrote about being on that trip.

Hiring Reille Hunter is the very clear case here — it happened during the campaign, with campaign funds. Does it violate campaign finance laws to hire your girlfriend as cover for your affair? I don’t know but if not, it’s a big loophole and gives a good reason to hire people you’re having affairs with. Politicians, take note!

Did prosecutors make this case? No idea.

My Dumb Idea: Walker Should Blog About Kimberlin ASAP

Aaron Walker has been banned from writing about Brett Kimberlin for six months by a judge in Maryland.

I have some potentially crazy, stupid, and dangerous advice for Aaron.

1) Go blog about Brett Kimberlin. Violate that unconstitutional order with all due haste.

2) Go take your huge post about Brett Kimberlin and post it on Amazon as Kindle book. Today if possible.

And…

3) When Kimberlin takes you back to court, bring a lawyer or two with you.

I’m not a lawyer. I’m not saying Aaron should take this advice, even. Lawyers can explain why it’s dumb. I’m dumb for even suggesting it. I know I know I know.

But that order the Judge Cornelius Vaughey issued isn’t legal.

It violates the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. You have the right to write true, non-threatening non-inciting things about public figures like Bretty Kimberlin and nobody can tell you can’t.

If Aaron wrote about Kimberlin, would Kimberline bring Aaron back to court? I sure as hell hope so.

Then a lawyer can speak for Aaron and explain to a judge about how the U.S. Constitution works and why a judge in a Peace Order courtroom in Rockville, Maryland doesn’t trump the First Amendment…even if a litigious bomber and liberal activist doesn’t like.

The First Amendment is a muscle. It needs to be exercised.