John Edwards Goes Back to Court, Only This Time He’s Getting Paid To

Former U.S. presidential hopeful returns to public life with opening of new law practice

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Former Senator John Edwards speaks to the media in front of the federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., with his family at the end of his trial on May 31, 2012

His political career imploded due to charges of misusing campaign funds to conceal a mistress from his cancer-stricken wife. But former United States presidential hopeful John Edwards is going back to his legal roots.

Edwards is opening a new law practice together with his former partner David F. Kirby, aiming to stand up “for the disenfranchised and those who need an equal chance,” reports the New York Times.

The scene for Edwards’ return to public life, if not office, was set in May 2012 when a federal jury declared a mistrial on five of the corruption charges against him, and acquitted him on another.

Long before launching his two unsuccessful bids for President in 2004 and 2008, Edwards made a fortune and name for himself as a persuasive trial lawyer, taking on, among other things, several high-profile cases against insurance companies.