Jury selection to begin John Edwards' trial
John Edwards speaks to reporters on June 3, 2011 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
April 12th, 2012
03:32 AM ET

Jury selection to begin John Edwards' trial

Jury selection begins in a Greensboro, North Carolina, federal courtroom Thursday in the trial of 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

Edwards is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts related to the money dealings of his failed 2008 campaign.

Rielle Hunter, his former mistress, is expected to testify at the trial.

A major issue in the approaching trial is whether money given to support Hunter, by the then-candidate's benefactors should have been considered donations toward his presidential campaign.

Edwards maintains the money was a gift.

Edwards is accused of conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He denies any wrongdoing.

If convicted on all counts, Edwards could face 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.5 million.

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  1. social network

    He'll never admit to the errors of his doings.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ron

    " he denies any wrongdoing". Lets see now, where have we heard that before? Gimme a minute here- I'm sure it'll come to me....do I hear a baby crying somewhere???

    April 12, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. citizen

    Got to wonder what Muppet Master he upset so badly to be left to twist like this.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Popeye

    Poor feller must of stepped on the wrong toes .

    April 12, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Philip

    This is what happens to your secrets if you don't get elected, or if you just fall from your world ranking. You will either win, or we will expose you for suffering from the human condition common to us all. Oh! the men who did worse than John Edwards AFTER they were elected. How many more years before Bush and Clinton lose their world ranking in our eyes?

    April 12, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chrissy

    Black people are so nasty. They have huge giant nose holes they use to breathe up all the good air.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      I agree. They are animals that steal everything. They even steal our air.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      Are you two for real? Come on...

      April 12, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. @CNN

    I must protest. You, CNN, continually moderate and even delete posts made by serious bloggers that contain ZERO racism or hate speak. Yet, YOU, CNN, allow this drivel above to stand the test of time. Who does your moderating? And has her uterus fell out yet.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      cry baby cry baby cry baby : )

      April 12, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Cartman

      You sound like a poooooooopy head. Pooooooopy pooooooop. : )

      April 12, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. JerseyJeff

    This blog is going to become partisan at some point, but I think it's important to keep in mind; corruption, from either party, doesn't belong in our system and people that engage in it belong in jail, simple as that.
    A corrupt politician no longer belongs to either party nor should he be supported along partisan lines. Once a politician engages in corruption they are not part of the democratic process and no longer have country or party at their best interest.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Philip

    Yes, that IS my protest above. There's a difference between excercising one's right to free speech and excercising one's piehole to spread nuch ado about nothing. Soldiers didn't die so you could post zip about squat, in other words.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Philip

    This is what happens to your secrets if you DON'T get elected. Once you recieve your license to lie, it's all good.
    example: it would be a violation of any nations laws for a private citizen to murder a well known suspect in cold blood. Yet we praise the elected citizen for violating even our own law...our own sense of justice. Plus we make excuses. (google Reagan assassinated congressman Larry McDonald for another classic example)
    Sometimes these men we elect grow to be more powerful than American Justice herself!

    April 12, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Popeye

    So John Edwards is getting in trouble for doing what most two bit good for nothing politicians do ? Lie,cheat,and steal !

    April 12, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Philip

    @Jersey Jeff. Even when we bust these men, they hide behind executive priviledge and diplomatic immunity...They even pardon ea. other for serious offenses that only the Justce Department should be pardoning ior prosecuting. Yet, the majority approve. For they have it in their hearts to execute what they call "justice" even before a fair trial, long before everyone has thouroughly viewed the evidence in a court of law. The majority want a King, in other words.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeffy

    LOL at Philip. You said "squat". That is almost like POOOOOOOOP! :). It's a poopasaurus, Charlie Brown.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. @CNN

    You moderate and delete many of our well thought-out posts that are of a serious nature, yet you allow this childish jibberish to stand the test of time, even forever in cyberspace. Why.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jeffy

    Becsuse I am funny. Humor is good. It cheers people up when things aren't so good. It's good to be light hearted and childish sometimes. It just makes the world a little better happier place. :). We love reading your post and hope you have a happy, wonderful day. :)

    April 12, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
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