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The John Edwards Cheat Sheet: What Are the Facts, and Do They Make Him a Criminal?

It almost goes without saying that a sex scandal and lovechild splashed in the headlines would have hurt—if not derailed—Edwards’ campaign.

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For the government, the case could mean a step toward redemption—or yet another high-profile failure—for the  same Justice Department unit that in 2008 botched the politically charged prosecution of the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. 

 

Marian Wang is ProPublica's lead reporter-blogger. She previously worked for Mother Jones , where she spearheaded the magazine's social media strategy.