Edwards Defense Set to Begin

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The John Edwards trial will be gaveled back into session Monday as lawyers for the onetime North Carolina senator begin his defense on six counts of alleged campaign-finance violations. The prosecution has said that Edwards misused $1 million from two donors to cover up that he had a pregnant mistress while on the 2008 campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nomination. Scheduled witnesses include Scott Thomas, a former Federal Election Commission chairman, as well as Harrison Hickman, a pollster. Edwards could face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty. The judge in the case rejected a motion to dismiss the case Friday.