Defense lawyers for John Edwards Friday asked a judge to dismiss corruption charges against their client in a Greensboro, North Carolina courtroom.
They argued that after 14 days of testimony and evidence, prosecutors failed to prove the former presidential candidate intentionally violated the law.
Edwards is accused of masterminding a scheme to use nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter, as he sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Prosecutors rested their case Thursday by playing a tape of a 2008 ABC interview in which Edwards repeatedly lied about his extramarital affair with Hunter, denied fathering her baby and said he never asked any of his donors to support his mistress or his baby.
Some legal experts say that interview could be damaging to Edwards' defense.
- Jeff Tiberii, North Carolina Public Radio
This segment aired on May 11, 2012.