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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:11 AM
unc70 (2,987 posts)
10. Appears Young fabricated conversations incriminating Edwards; then AY kept nearly all $$$
From looking at fragments of testimony that made it into the news stories so far, the defense is well along in proving their case against Young for having defrauded Mellon and Baron of well over $1 million which Young used primarily to build his new house. I really, really wish that this Federal trial were being televised. While I am fairly confident that I understand the case in general, all the unreported or misreported details and with the trial barely begun, all I know is that the case against Edwards is being destroyed, that the alternative narrative (fraud by Young) is being confirmed in critical areas by defense exhibits and Young's own testimony.
Young admitted today that all the Mellon money and most of the Baron money (the supposed hush money) went into Young's personal accounts and used almost entirely to build the Young's dream house near Chapel Hill. While we don't know what really happened, if the Edwards' scenario presented at opening will prove true, or if the prosecutors have evidence to the contrary, at the moment I would bet with the Edwards defense team.
I posted a lot about this case on DU2 from its very beginning. I and the majority of DUers at the time favored Edwards primarily because we preferred positions and proposals on key issues, we liked Elizabeth a lot, and we were excited to have two effective advocates for populist progressive ideas. While I knew from analyses of news coverage and non-coverage, particularly by gatekeepers like AP or Google, that Edwards was about as likely of becoming President as were Kucinich or Ron Paul, I thought he and Elizabeth were key to passing real HCR because they had the support of 2-3% of otherwise Republican voters. John self destructed, taking Elizabeth and many supporters of their polices with him.
The piling on and scorn my Republicans and by many DUers has cost all of us dearly. Many Edwards supporters were banned, left, or mostly shut up. We and the Clinton supporters worked our fannies off to get Obama and other Dems elected. Now finally John Edwards is getting his day in court. On Monday the opening statement by defense seemed to surprised everyone else, prosecutors included, by stating that not only was Edwards not guilty, but that they would prove that the money had gone to Young and that Edwards was not involved and did not know about it until later. That is not the kind of statement one makes in court unless you believe you can prove it. After Thursdays cross of Young, it looks like they can.
From other things I know about, some posted on DU, a few that I suspect but can't quite prove, and from the trial so far, I expect a couple of even bigger surprises in the next few days. Stay tuned.
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