Closing arguments to begin in John Edwards case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Prosecutors and defense lawyers at the John Edwards trial are set to make closing arguments as the corruption case against the former presidential candidate heads to the jury.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to
campaign finance violations stemming from nearly $1 million secretly provided by two wealthy donors that helped hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 Democratic primary.

Prosecutors will argue the payments were intended to influence
the outcome of an election by keeping Edwards' political hopes viable. Defense lawyers will counter Edwards had limited knowledge
of the cover-up and that the payments were gifts intended to keep his cancer-stricken wife from leaning about the out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

The jury will begin its deliberations Friday. Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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