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Closing arguments to begin in John Edwards case

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.

Former presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, May 10, 2012. Edwards is accused of conspiring to secretly obtain more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to hide his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy. He has pleaded not guilty to six charges related to violations of campaign-finance laws. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - 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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