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.