Key Witness

Former Edwards Aide Speaks Out

Following the opening statements of John Edwards’s trial, in which the prosecution said Edwards "made a choice to break the law," a former aide of the two-time Democratic presidential candidate delivered crucial testimony that prosecutors hope will work in their favor. Andrew Young, who falsely claimed paternity of Edwards’s child with his mistress during his 2007 presidential campaign, spoke for nearly two hours on Monday about the cover-up. Edwards is accused of spending nearly a million dollars of federal-campaign money to hide the pregnancy. Edwards, 58, has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts, with his lawyers insisting that the bribe money came from friends, not his campaign.