THOUGHTS ON THE EDWARDS TRIAL

As this blog goes to print, John Edwards is on trial on criminal charges that he used campaign funds to keep his mistress out of the public eye. If the jury convicts him and he goes to jail, will he have to pay child support to Rieille Hunter for little Quinn? In Louisiana, the answer is “yes,” but only if Rieille can prove he has the income to do so. Edwards may have investments that generate income, he may get a book advance or sell rights to his story. A court in Louisiana would be required to consider this income in fixing the amount of support as well as his ability to earn money doing prison labor.