John Edwards Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

By Scott Sarvay

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Former Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards was indicted early Friday morning by a federal grand jury for allegedly using campaign funds to hide his mistress during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Authorities alleged that Edwards broke campaign finance laws in order to cover up an extra marital affair with a former campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter.

Edwards said, “I did not break the law and I never ever thought I was breaking the law.”

Edwards initially denied the affair, but later admitted to being the father of her child.

If convicted, Edwards faces five years in prison and a $250,000, fine on each of the six counts.

If Edwards agrees to a deal, he will not be required to serve any time in prison, but in North Carolina, if he pleads guilty or no contest to a criminal offense, he must go before the State Bar and risks losing his license to practice law.

Edwards has stated that he hopes to move back into legal work once this case is behind him.

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