1. DEFENSE

    Edwards’s Lawyers: No Laws Broken

    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards arrives at federal court for an appearance in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, July 14, 2011. Lawyers are trying to reach an agreement on the release of thousands of pages of documents that prosecutors have. They also differ on potential trial dates. Edwards pleaded not guilty last month to six felony charges involving how money was spent during his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Gerry Broome

    Lawyers for John Edwards requested Tuesday that a federal judge drop criminal charges against the former presidential candidate. In three separate motions, Edwards’s defense team argued that even if everything the prosecutors say about their client is true, he still did not break any laws. They argue that the case against Edwards is unconstitutionally vague and that federal prosecutors violated his constitutional rights by bringing charges against him. In June, federal prosecutors charged Edwards with felony counts related to more than $1 million in undisclosed payments from former political supporters to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter, who gave birth to his daughter in 2008. Edwards’s lawyers said he and his former aide Andrew Young only wanted to hide the affair from his late wife, Elizabeth Edwards, and their three children—not to preserve his political career.

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