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Jan Baran Discusses the John Edwards Trial

USA Today
May 15, 2012

Wiley Rein Election Law & Government Ethics Practice co-chair Jan Baran was interviewed by USA Today to discuss the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards, who is accused of breaking campaign finance laws in order to hide an extramarital affair.  If convicted on all six felony counts, Mr. Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

The article reported that “federal prosecutors wrapped up their corruption case against the two-time presidential candidate.”  Mr. Baran said the dramatic testimony that Elizabeth Edwards knew about the affair and “was devastated by it” could undermine claims by the defense team that the cover-up was intended to protect the candidate’s wife and not Mr. Edwards’ bid for the White House.

Mr. Edwards could testify in his own defense, but Mr. Baran warned that would risk “confirming all the lies he told over two years or risk lying again, but this time to the jury.”