Former Edwards Aide Takes The Stand For Fourth Day

12:49 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, NC -- Former John Edwards aide Andrew Young retakes the witness stand for a fourth straight day at the criminal trial of his former boss.

Young will likely face an all-day grilling by the Edwards defense team, which aims to damage his credibility with jurors. The former aide was the first witness called by the prosecution at Edwards' trial, which is under way inside a federal courthouse in North Carolina.

News 2 reporter Mark Geary said that in the morning session, Edwards' attorneys implied that Young contacted the National Enquirer to break the scandal.

Geary said that attorneys were armed with e-mails between Young and his book publishers. The editor told Young that lots of memoirs have inaccuracies about dates and times, and that Young could make himself less liable by attributing information to Edwards.

During the morning session, Geary said that Edwards' attorneys were shifting the focus of why Edwards wanted to hide his mistress from damaging the campaign to hiding her from Elizabeth Edwards to protect his marriage.

The former Democratic presidential contender has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he campaigned for the White House in 2008.

Most of that money flowed through Young, who the defense alleges spent much of the cash to build a $1.5 million house.



















AP, WFMY News 2

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