John Edwards: I'm Not a Crook (Just a Jerk)!

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If you knock up Rielle Hunter (and make a sex tape) while your wife's terminally ill, then use her cancer to win sympathy from voters while seeking your party's nomination for President of the United States, you are a pretty bad person.

Still, John Edwards says, he didn't do anything illegal.

With daughter Cate Edwards standing behind him, he pleaded not guilty to using campaign money to cover up his affair and love child with Hunter.

"There is no question that I’ve done wrong," the two-time former presidential hopeful said outside the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"I take full responsibility for having done wrong. I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I’ve caused to others. But I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law."

A federal grand jury indicted John Edwards for breaking federal campaign finance laws while he was running for president back in 2008.

In 2007, the National Enquirer first got wind of - and reported - John's affair with Rielle. He denied it all profusely and that was that.

After the 2008 primaries, the Enquirer busted him visiting Rielle. He confessed the affair, but still maintained the child was not his.

More than a year later, with Andrew Young set to blow the whistle on his role in the ordeal, he finally admitted paternity as well.

Prosecutors allege funds were paid to Rielle Hunter and onetime Edwards aide Young - who for a long time claimed he knocked up Rielle - to cover up Edwards' affair with Hunter and the child they had together.

Prosecutors claim the money came from political donors and can be considered campaign funds since they aided Edwards' presidential bid.

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It's funny how people who do the wrong thing and hurt others often pay the price (not only money) but for their bad karma. its kind ok like a curse is put on them.

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If the money came from campaign funds that should be fairly easy to prove and would prove he broke the law. I think it's pretty telling that Edwards said first that he did not break the law then in the next breath says he did not think he broke the law. I think the man was not thinking at all and was doing anything he could to keep this under wraps. If he broke the law he should face the music for it. And if he did not he is still a first class jerk for what he did.

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please do not forget the crappy women like hunter, who cant close their legs and assist guys in destroying innocent wives and their families. It takes 2 for adultery. She is a jerk as well.