Exclusive post: DOJ to Edwards: You MUST plead to a felony.

After WRAL-TV in North Carolina, and others following up, have reported that plea discussions have been ongoing for some time between DOJ and Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.),  I have something to add:  DOJ is requiring that Edwards plea to at least one felony for there to be deal, according to at least one person familiar with the government’s negotiating side.

The demand by DOJ that Edwards plea to a felony is perhaps the reason that Edwards’ attorneys have been, on the one hand, attacking the government and its case, while also suggesting they are open to a deal.

Whatever one thinks of Edwards, in regards to his politics or the scandal that has ended his career, there is no dispute that that he is an accomplished trial attorney– and has to be at least considering fighting in court.

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