This afternoon a jury found former Democrat U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards not guilty on one count of campaign finance fraud and deadlocked on five other counts, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.
Edwards was accused of illegally using campaign donations to cover up an affair and illegitimate baby.
What gave the case against Edwards legs was that baby, Quinn.
Had Quinn been aborted, as Edwards’ former aide Andrew Young claims Edwards wanted, there likely would have been no case. Abortion covers up a lot of sins.
But thank God Quinn’s mother loved and protected her preborn daughter, and Quinn is here.
Some people don’t think about Quinn as a person, and that she is going to grow up. Although the circumstances of her birth are not her fault, she will someday learn the sordid details and have to work through several serious issues.
That’s why I was so happy Edwards had the foresight to mention Quinn today, with obvious affection, in his statement following the verdict.
While taking responsibility for his moral failures, Edwards recognized it was one of those very moral failures that resulted in Quinn, and he astutely took the opportunity to affirm her. I give him a lot of credit for that.
Edwards’ entire speech is worth watching, but he begins to talk about Quinn at 3:52.
[Photo via the Associated Press]