The fine line between wrong and illegal

June 3, 2011 1:48:42 PM PDT
It's a long way from U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party's Vice Presidential nominee, and a candidate in the primaries for the Democratic nomination for President - to defendant.

Or maybe not so much.

Either way, John Edwards - the last guy in line for selection as husband of the year - this afternoon admitting he behaved badly and that he has "done wrong." But he's insisting that he broke no law.

The issue is both simple and complicated. Close to $1 million - that's what under the microscope here. Were they gifts to Edwards or were they campaign contributions that went unreported to hide his girlfriend and their baby? No small difference. And it could make the difference whether Mr. Edwards goes to prison or goes free.

Prosecutors allege that Edwards masterminded a plot for his pals to basically pay off Rielle Hunter, the campaign worker who became Edwards' mistress and the mother of his child. Edwards' attorney says they were gifts that Mr. Edwards had no way of knowing would be viewed as campaign contributions.

What a mess. And a sad coda for the children of Mr. Edwards, whose late mother fought both cancer and cad behavior of the worst kind.

We'll have the latest on the indictment of Edwards, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, tragedy at an amusement park in New Jersey. An 11-year-old girl - on an end-of-school outing - either fell out of or jumped from a ferris wheel. She is now dead.

And a disturbing story out of Washington Heights in upper Manhattan. A doctor has been indicted for falsely telling about a dozen people that they have HIV - just so he could get them on an AIDS regimen and bill Medicaid.

To the tune of $700,000.

The "patients" were apparently in on the scheme.

Can you imagine? Jeff Pegues has our story tonight.

And we're going to look at the human side of today's unemployment report - that 54,000 new private sector jobs were added to the economy last month - bringing the unemployment rate to 9.1% - a 0.1% increase. The new jobs number was far below was economists had expected - and not the news Pres. Obama was hoping for. Although it was exactly the news Republicans could, would and did pounce on. Tonight we talk to peeps who are without jobs - but who desperately want to work.

And Nina Pineda tonight has the story of a homeowner in Westchester County whose heating oil deliveryman topped off her tank a wee bit too much. Fuel oil spewed all over her property, causing something of a small environmental disaster. When she couldn't get the company to make her whole, she turned to Nina and got 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.


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