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It’s a Family Affair: John Edwards’ Daughter Slated to Testify

John Edwards

Shoshanna Utchenik

The corruption trial of former presidential-hopeful John Edwards continues in North Carolina, with his daughter slated to testify Tuesday, reports CBS News.

Just as Edwards’ defense began shifting attention from the affair and the cash spent to cover it up to  campaign finance law.

But the  gavel came down hard. CBS News relays that Judge Catherine Eagles threw out most of the proposed testimony from former Federal Election Commission Chairman Scott Thomas, upholding the prosecutions’ objections that past FEC rulings are irrelevant in the Edward’s case.

Maybe Edwards’ defense would be better off focusing on the affair.

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U.S. Atty Who Went After Edwards Wins Republican Nomination for Congress in N.C.

U.S. Atty. George Holding

Shoshanna Utchenik

While once-presidential hopeful John Edwards stands trial in Greensborough N.C. for campaign finance violations, the U.S. Attorney who secured his indictment celebrated a different kind of victory 75 miles down the road in Raleigh Tuesday.

George Holding won the Republican nomination for Congress in North Carolina this week, purportedly riding the coattails of former Sen. John Edwards’ infamy, reports Politico.

While losing opponents former Wake County commissioner Paul Coble got 34% of the vote and Navy veteran Bill Randall trailed behind at 22%, Coble echoed questions raised by Edwards’ attorneys about Holding’s path to glory.

Did the Bush appointee and former aide to the late GOP Sen. Jesse Helms pursue the high-profile Edwards case solely for political and personal gain? Holding says no.

He told Politico, “When I was the United States Attorney, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and everything I did was an effort to comply with that oath.”

Holding is favored to win the congressional race against Democratic opponent Charles Malone, a former journalist and Army veteran, due to the make-up of the newly drawn 13th district.

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John Edward’s Aide Joked About Selling Sex Tape

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Key Prosecution Witness in Edwards Case Alleged to Have Contacted Other Witnesses

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John Edwards Campaign Finance Trial Begins

Shoshanna Utchenik

In like a lion, out like a lamb for former golden boy John Edwards. Even if he beats criminal charges of campaign finance corruption, Edwards will be hard-pressed to ever recover his public image.

The L.A. Times reports that former North Carolina Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards goes to trial on Monday, having plead not-guilty to 6 criminal counts of campaign finance violations. If he loses the case, he faces up to 30 years jail time and $1.5 million in fines, according to the Times.

Edwards’ defense team contends that bills paid by 101-year-old Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the Virginian banking heiress, and the late Fred Baron, a Texas lawyer, were personal gifts from friends and not campaign contributions.

Used to support and conceal Edwards’ mistress and their child during the 2008 Presidential campaign, the funds were also alleged to have bought a “dream house” for Edwards’ aide Andrew Young, who became embroiled in the scandal by claiming to be the father of Edwards’ love child to divert the press.

“This case is significant both legally and politically,” Kenneth Gross, a Washington ethics lawyer, told the L.A. Times. “This is the first criminal case dealing with an excessive gift, particularly a gift not ever going to a campaign, and spent for purposes seemingly unrelated to a campaign.”

The trial is expected to last 6 weeks.

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Mistress May Testify in John Edwards Criminal Trial

John Edwards Carries Unsavory Reputation into Fed Trial

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Jury Selection to Begin in John Edwards Trial in N.C.

By Allan Lengel

It’s crunch time for ex-Presidential hopeful John Edwards.

Jury selection is set to begin Thursday in federal court in Greensboro, N.C. for Edwards,58, who faces charges that he violated campaign finance laws and accepted illegal contributions, the News Observer reports.

The trial is sure to bring out embarrassing details of his affair while his wife was dying of cancer.

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