GREENSBORO -- After the jury was dismissed, the defense announced they would be calling John Edwards' daughter, Cate Edwards to testify. They added that Edwards himself may do the same on the same day.
This will be the first time the jury will hear from a member of Edwards' family and with Cate on the stand it may give an inside look into what was happening with the family and how much they may have known at the time.
While in court on Monday, Edwards and his daughter could be seen smiling and nodding at each other as they heard testimony from Lora Haggard, Edwards' former chief financial officer.
Haggard testified that she did not include the nearly $1 million used to hide his pregnant mistress in her reports to the Federal Election Commission, because in her opinion they were not campaign contributions.
Haggard said it takes years to audit these reports, and that she was aware of Edwards' indictment and the charges brought against him as these filings were being made.
She added that Edwards had no input on the reports or her decisions. So this became the defenses' argument against Edwards' charge of trying to conceal illegal donations from the FEC.
"What that really means is that you have one federal agent, the FEC, charged with enforcing the campaign finance laws civily, is in total disagreement with the Department of Justice, another federal agency," former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan said. "So it really made for an interesting dichotomy. I think the judge noted the kind of irony in that. She let the testimony in and I think it was all the way around a very good witness for John Edwards today."
In the afternoon, the defense argued that Scott Thomas, a former FEC chair, should be allowed to testify as an expert. Without the jury present, the defense questioned Thomas about the definition of campaign contributions. Thomas claimed the money used to hide Rielle Hunter was a personal expense.
The judge did not agree with the defenses' use of this expert witness and said that it will be up to a jury to decide how the money was used.
The defense will continue to move for his testimony to go before a jury, but on Tuesday, all eyes will be on Cate.