John Edwards Plea Deal Undone By Prospect Of Jail Time | Talking Points Memo

Prosecutors made a final offer to John Edwards before he was indicted last Friday, but the former senator and presidential candidate could not accept the prospect of jail time, according to a report in The News & Observer. The deal would have avoided felony charges for Edwards, making it possible for him to keep his law license. But in exchange for pleading guilty on three misdemeanor campaign finance law violations, prosecutors wanted a sentence that would result in up to six months in prison.Sources close to the negotiations told The News & Observer that the defense wanted to at least be able to argue in front of a judge for alternatives to prison, like a halfway house, weekend releases or home arrest.

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