Pretty Boy Fraud

By Joseph Farah

You’ve heard of Pretty Boy Floyd.

He was Charles Arthur Floyd. He was a murderer who participated in the Kansas City Massacre in 1933 when four law enforcement officers, including one FBI special agent, were killed. A year later, Floyd was killed by FBI agents and local police while resisting arrest.

Now I want to tell you about Pretty Boy Fraud.

He is John Edwards. He’s running for vice president of the United States and the nation has no idea of who this man really is, how he built his fortune by bilking innocent doctors, hospitals and businesses, throwing more Americans out of work, driving up medical costs and investing his millions overseas.

Why is he a fraud? Because he is selling himself to the American people, with the help of a complicit and passive news media, as a fighter for the little guy, son of a humble mill worker and champion of the underdog. In truth, he is a greedy victimizer, the personification of what most Americans detest about lawyers, the charming tool of powerful international special interests.

Edwards is not just a trial lawyer. He’s the kind of trial lawyer who lies to win big cases. He’s the kind of trial lawyer who makes up facts in an effort to extort money from innocent people. He’s the kind of trial lawyer who has turned our country into the most litigious society on the face of the planet. He’s the kind of trial lawyer who is costing you money and your freedom.

Let’s take, for example, his biggest cases – those that won him fortune and fame. He won record jury verdicts and settlements in cases alleging the botched treatment of women in labor and that their deliveries caused infants to develop the brain disorder cerebral palsy.

The best science on cerebral palsy strongly disputes a linkage between anything that goes on in the delivery room and the ailment.

Explains Dr. Murray Goldstein, a neurologist and medical director of the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation: “The overwhelming majority of children that are born with developmental brain damage, the ob/gyn could not have done anything about it, could not have, not at this stage of what we know.”

He, like most of those who have studied cerebral palsy, believe it to be the result of a genetic problem. Other studies indicate a contributing cause might be a subtle infection in the brain before birth.

But nobody actively involved in scientific research into the problem believes malpractice by an obstetrician or gynecologist is a major contributing factor.

So how did Edwards prevail?

The Boston Globe wrote that his trial summations “routinely went beyond a recitation of his case to a heart-wrenching plea to jurors to listen to the unspoken voices of injured children.” He even spoke for the children who couldn’t speak for themselves.

In other words, he manipulated jurors with emotion.

This ambulance chaser convinced jurors that he felt the pain of injured children, when, in fact, he was amassing a fortune worth an estimated $60 to $100 million at the expense of innocent doctors and hospitals, adding to skyrocketing insurance premiums, skyrocketing medical costs and even driving dedicated health-care professional out of business.

How ironic that a guy who believes in no protections for the lives of the unborn would build a fortune by claiming compassion for them.

It’s worth noting that Edwards kept not 10 percent of the jury awards he won on behalf of his disabled little clients, not 20 percent, not 30 percent, but fully one-third. That’s compassion?

Edwards is also a fraud because of what he does with the money once he extorts it or wins it under false pretenses.

He claims he’s a man of the people. He claims he wants to create more jobs in America. He claims he wants to invest here at home and revitalize our economy.

But, once again, his actions speak louder than words. Between $1 million and $5 million of his assets have been invested in the EuroPacific Growth Fund. That money goes to create jobs all right – jobs in Japan, England, anywhere but the USA.

No wonder he dazzled the audience at the recent secretive meeting of internationalists at the Bilderberg group in Italy. The New York Times said his “performance” there may have been the key reason for his selection as a running mate by John Kerry.

Pretty Boy Floyd is no longer a menace to American society. But Pretty Boy Fraud is hoping to use the skills he so successfully employed in the courtroom to manipulate and shake down Americans on a much grander scale than he did as a trial lawyer.