Edwards Defense Set to Begin

    Former presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, May 11, 2012. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday. Defense lawyers for John Edwards will ask a judge Friday to dismiss corruption charges against their client, arguing prosecutors failed to prove the former U.S. presidential candidate intentionally violated the law.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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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.

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