Closing Arguments Set for John Edwards' Campaign Finance Trial

By Daniela Salvador

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM EST

North Carolina (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -The prosecutors and defense lawyers of John Edwards’ campaign finance trial are ready to deliver their closing arguments Thursday as the corruption case against the former presidential candidate prepares to head to the jury.

Edwards' defense rested after just over two days. The former North Carolina senator has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations stemming from nearly $1 million. The money was secretly provided by two wealthy donors.

Prosecutors say that campaign money was used to hide news of his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, from voters. The defense says Edwards was hiding his adulterous affair and love child from his wife Elizabeth during the 2008 Democratic primary. The jury will be given instructions later Thursday, then begin deliberating on Friday. Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.




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