John Edwards To Start Personal Injury New Law Firm. The disgraced former Democratic presidential hopeful, ex-Sen. John Edwards, plans to open a personal injury law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to a report on CNN.
Edwards was a renowned plaintiffs’ lawyer before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. He was the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2004, and a front rank presidential contender early in the 2008 race.
Edwards’ political career imploded when it was revealed he had an affair with campaign “videographer” Rielle Hunter, at a time when wife Elizabeth Edwards was battling breast cancer. He initially denied the affair, and later denied fathering a daughter with Hunter. When Edwards at last conceded he was the child’s parent, the New Port Post ran the memorable headline: “I’M THE POP, SAYS THE WEASEL”
Had Edwards been convicted, he would likely have lost his ability to practice law. But a North Carolina jury acquitted him of one of the six counts against him, and remained deadlocked on the remaining five. The Justice Department said it would not attempt to retry the former lawmaker.
At the time, Edwards apologized publicly for the affair.
“While I do not believe I did anything illegal or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. And there is no one else responsible for my sins,” he said.
Since leaving political life, Edwards has worked with the Christian housing nonprofit Homes from the Heart, building homes in El Salvador. More recently, he has spent time at his home in Chapel Hill.