Historically, Lady Justice has been depicted holding the scales of truth and fairness in one hand and the double-edged sword of authority and righteousness in the other. She also wears a blindfold, representing impartiality regarding identity, power, money or weakness.
Blind justice was always meant to be a good thing, but let’s face it, justice is not really blind. Sometimes more than not, the Lady peeks. When the subject being judged carries a little too much identity, power or money, it leaves only the weak at the gallows. In lieu of a genuine but bothersome justice, the public will always opt for an easy hanging, like a hot double-edged sword through butter.
John Edwards was a United States Senator from North Carolina, a Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004 and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.
In 2011, he was indicted on charges of violating campaign contribution laws. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.
At one point, Edwards denied knowing about the money, denied an extramarital affair while his wife was battling breast cancer and denied that he was the father of his mistress, Rielle Hunter’s, baby girl. The prosecutors will prove his illicit affair and the resulting child and cover-up to protect his public image and keep his presidential hopes alive.
It seems Edwards lied profusely, not for personal gain or the presidency, but because of humiliation. It has been said he asked for money from people he knew, not random campaign contributors, which was funneled to Andrew Young, a close campaign aide, to assist the pregnant Hunter and to elude tabloid reporters.
Edwards enlisted the help of 101-year-old, Listerine and Gillette Safety Razor heiress, Rachel Mellon. A reclusive democrat, she expressed interest in Edwards after he seemed to remind her of J.F.K.