Andrew Young Takes The Stand In Edwards Trial Day 2

7:53 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. -- We've finished the second day of the John Edwards campaign finance trial. The prosecution's star witness is Andrew Young, Edwards' former aide.

When you hear the details of this story being described in court, you can feel the tension in the room.

Young discussed the time when Elizabeth Edwards answered her husband's phone and Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, was on the line. Young says Elizabeth got upset and took away her husband's phone.

Later, Young helped Edwards buy a secret cell phone Edwards used to talk to Hunter. They nicknamed it the "Bat Phone." Young said he also helped them communicate by patching their conversations together with three way calling.

Prosecutors say Edwards relied on wealthy supporters like Rachel "Bunny" Mellon to help hide his mistress. Young says he's the one who told Edwards that Hunter was pregnant. Young says Edwards responded by calling her a name and saying there was a one in three chance it was his child.

When media pressure got intense, Young says Edwards asked him to claim paternity. Young agreed reluctantly, he said. After that, Young and his family flew all over the country staying at various luxury resorts and homes with Hunter.

Young did everything possible to avoid eye contact with Edwards in the courtroom as he was on the stand. He stared at the ground and the prosecutor, but wouldn't even glance in Edwards' direction.

As Young testified, Edwards' attorney flipped through Young's "tell-all" book, at times, aggressively. We'll learn more about what he was looking for during the cross examination.

Edwards was visibly reacting all day to Young's testimony. He looked disgusted, confused and angry, and made no attempt to hide his emotions.

The day wrapped up just as Young was describing the period of time when Hunter gave birth. Young will be back on the stand again Wednesday.

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