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. banasy©

    Ah, I must have touched a nerve, for my comment is now awaiting moderation.
    All I really said was John Edwards was a p o s, and I hope he gets everything that is coming to him.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @29. Philip
    April 12th, 2012 11:58 am ET
    Yeah the CIA. What a coincidence. I just passed thier little test about a year or two ago. Your right! They do not have time screw with little twips on CNN blogs trolling respectful people.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Hmm. Mary's gone. Again.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • 46323

      Nope, she's back. Again.

      April 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Gotta go...sorry. I'll come back sometime. I never know when... Bah! ;)

    April 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO © stirring things up

    Hey Philip. Are you aware that Anderson Cooper worked for the CIA? That's really interesting, isn't it?

    April 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    And all I said was this is what happens to the secrets of men who DON'T get elected. The elected pardon each other and hide behind exevutive priviledge and diplomatic immunity. Oh, they put on a show trying to compel one another into exposing themselves...but the never do. The FBI didn't expose Watergate, for example. Whitewater, another. ENRON, silverado savings and Loan, etc etc etc. And these are the men who will bring democracy to the world. Is that right.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Look up the pot calling the kettle black and Donna's pic will be there
    or should I bring out all your LURKER names

    April 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • 46323

      Time to take your meds, little girl. Follow the man with the giant butterfly net...

      April 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • 46323

      And start by admitting that you troll everyone, especially chrissy, before you start throwing accusations around. You look totally unbalanced, little girl.

      April 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Hey, Bombo.
    How are you?

    Not one person knows every inner working of our government, and it's set up that way for a reason....

    Edwards is a s k a n k.
    Took the jury a few times to convict Blago, but they did it.
    And as far as I know, Blago didn't cheat on his wife.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Sure Donna or 46323 what ever your calling your self

    April 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • I call myself...

      Mary.

      April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy ©

    Mary Hecht, I do not know what set you off this time, but I have done nothing to you.
    I post under banasy.
    I am sure theat the other people you accuse of being me wouldn't like having their posts attributed to someone else all the time.
    Pssssst...your hatred for me is showing.
    Tuck it away, please?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Donna, I do NOT hate you. I have far more important things going on in my life than Donna.
      I will say that your hatred has reared it's ugly head at times.
      And it also seems funny how you seldom get high jacked. Hmmm
      Anyhow, I'm really done responding or commenting on your posts, this is too old for me. That would be the only thing I'd hafta TUCK away.

      Good day Donna Bananas
      hehehe , sorry that just popped into my head, sure you've heard that one before.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Then you will have no problem leaving me alone, will you?
      Oh, and I didm't say you hated ME, just that your hatred was showing.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. O

    @mary, its hard for this woman to tuck anything away since it hangs down to her kankles

    April 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. O

    Oh im sorry mary that entry was directed DIRECTLY at you so you thought you dodged it ha

    April 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy ©

    My first post was @ 12:22.
    Follow the snarky one from there.

    Leave me out of your posts, Mary, as I hadn't addressed you until you tried to get witty.
    Stop it, ma'am.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    I begged and pleaded with you one nite to STOP addressing me but you kept flapping your gums like an old hen.
    I am extremely glad that we finally agree to this arrangement.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Sure thing, hag.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. analytical reasoner

    If this blog were a barrel, welcome to the bottom of the barrel. Ladies? Carry on. This here is your territory. (kertsee)

    April 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
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