GREENSBORO – After months of motions, pretrial hearings and delays, jury selection will begin Thursday in the John Edwards campaign finance trial. The former senator is accused of using donations to hide an affair with Rielle Hunter during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Edwards faces six felony and misdemeanor counts.
His former aide, Andrew Young, who wrote a tell all book about Edwards is expected to be a key witnesses in the trial. Hunter may also be among those called to testify.
Edwards has said he has “complete and absolute certainty” that he didn't violate federal campaign finance laws. The Associated Press reports, before the indictment, Edwards rejected a potential plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines.
The trial will be held in federal court in Greensboro. The judge says it should last about six weeks.