Edwards Aide On Stand For Fifth Day

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A former aide to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards returns to the witness stand to face questions about secret donor money funneled to pay personal expenses. Andrew Young was the first witness called by prosecutors after opening statements Monday and he has remained on the stand all week. Young's testimony is essential to making the government's case that Edwards directed a conspiracy to use nearly one million dollars in secret payments from two political donors to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

Edwards denies knowing about the money and has pleaded not guilty to campaign finance violations. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.Yesterday, a defense lawyer forced Young to acknowledge that much of the money went to help build his family's one and a half million dollar dream house, not provide for the mistress.


  • Jeff Tiberii, reporter for North Carolina Public Radio

This segment aired on April 27, 2012.


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