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Closing arguments to begin in John Edwards case

Closing arguments to begin at the NC trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards By The Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) ' Prosecutors and defense lawyers at the John Edwards trial are set to make closing arguments as the corruption case against the former presidential candidate heads to the jury.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations stemming from nearly $1 million secretly provided by two wealthy donors that helped hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 Democratic primary.

Prosecutors will argue the payments were intended to influence the outcome of an election by keeping Edwards' political hopes viable. Defense lawyers will counter Edwards had limited knowledge of the cover-up and that the payments were gifts intended to keep his cancer-stricken wife from leaning about the out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

The jury will begin its deliberations Friday. Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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