We were disappointed when Rielle Hunter did not take the stand to testify during John Edwards' campaign finance fraud trial, but now we have an idea why: She'd have cannibalized her new tell-all book. Fortunately, we don't have to wait too long to read What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me.
Yes, yes, it was ultimately the attorney's decision, not Rielle's, to keep her off the stand. "The defense may very well have felt that their case was solid enough to go to the jury without the risk of the personal testimony of these witnesses, which would undoubtedly resurrect the salacious details of the affair for the jury," Elon University law professor Catherine Dunham told the Associated Press after Edwards' defense rested. And she's right. The appropriate forum for those salacious details is in a tell-all book, conveniently timed for summer beach-reading season.
The tome is due out June 26, so you'll have plenty of warm weather in which to digest it. Finally, we're going to get to learn "the truth," which is what Hunter's publisher, Glenn Yeffeth, calls the book's contents: "We are delighted to publish Rielle Hunter's memoir. A lot has been said. But no one has heard the truth of what really happened until now," he told People. The courtroom just wasn't the place to discuss this stuff.
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