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Prosecutors give closing argument in Edwards trial

Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Prosecutors are saying in closing arguments in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial that he was part of a politically ambitious scheme to take money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress.

Prosecutors took 90 minutes to present their arguments. The defense will get two hours, and prosecutors will get another 30 minutes.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations Friday.

Edwards is charged with six counts stemming from nearly $1 million secretly provided by two wealthy donors during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.

Edwards’ attorneys say the government has failed to present any direct evidence that he intended to break campaign finance laws.

He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted of all charges.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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