Edwards Defense Set to Begin

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.