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The Rise And Fall Of John Edwards

A tragic timeline of the man who would be president.

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2. Edwards Is A Star Football Player In High School And Becomes The First In His Family To Attend College, First At Clemson University, Then Transferring To North Carolina State University


6. Edwards Becomes A Successful Trial Attorney, Gaining National Attention In 1985 For Winning $6.5 Million For The Family Of A Baby Girl With Cerebral Palsy


8. In 1997, Edwards Wins $25 Million For The Family Of A Little Girl Who Is Severely Injured By A Pool Drain, The Largest Settlement In North Carolina History

9. Edwards Is Inspired By The Death Of Wade And His Experience Representing Families In Court To Run For Public Office, And In 1998 He Defeats An Incumbent Republican In North Carolina To Become A United States Senator

10. After Serving Less Than One Term In The Senate, Edwards Announces His Candidacy For President In 2003, His Platform A Populist Message Of Bridging Income Inequality In America

11. Edwards Comes In A Strong Second In The Iowa Caucuses, But Eventually Drops Out And Is Picked By John Kerry To Be His Vice Presidential Running Mate On The Democratic Ticket


14. In November Of 2006 Elizabeth Edwards Announces That Her Cancer Is Under Control, The Following Month John Edwards Announces His Second Run For President

15. In March Of 2007, The Edwardses Announce That Elizabeth's Cancer Has Returned And Spread To Other Parts Of Her Body, An Incurable Yet Treatable Development

16. In October Of 2007, The National Enquirer Runs An Article Claiming That Edwards Is Having An Affair With Campaign Videographer Rielle Hunter, But The Story Gains Little Traction


25. John Edwards Is Indicted On June 3rd Of 2011 For Using Nearly $1 Million In Illegal Campaign Funds To Cover Up His Affair And Child With Rielle Hunter

27. From April 23rd To May 18th Of 2012, The Trial Of John Edwards Divulged Many Sordid Details, Including Testimony Of Edwards And Hunter Making A Sex Tape And An Argument Between The Edwardses In Which Elizabeth Ripped Off Her Shirt In A Rage

28. On May 31st Of 2012, The Jury Acquitted Edwards Of One Charge And Were Deadlocked On The Other 5, Leading To A Mistrial That The Government Is Unlikely To Appeal

29. John Edwards Spoke Briefly After The Acquittal, Saying He Had Done Nothing Illegal But Many Things Wrong, Adding: "If I Want To Find The Person Who Should Be Held Accountable For My Sins, Honestly I Don't Have To Go Any Farther Than The Mirror"

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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