published Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Former John Edwards aide retaking stand at boss's trial

FILE - In this April 12, 2012, file photo, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards arrives outside federal court in Greensboro, N.C. Andrew Young retook the witness stand for a fourth straight day at Edwards’ criminal trial in a North Carolina courthouse over accused campaign finance violations today. The former aide was the first witness called by the prosecution and is key to making the government’s case that Edwards directed a scheme to use nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he campaigned for the White House in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts and faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
FILE - In this April 12, 2012, file photo, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards arrives outside federal court in Greensboro, N.C. Andrew Young retook the witness stand for a fourth straight day at Edwards’ criminal trial in a North Carolina courthouse over accused campaign finance violations today. The former aide was the first witness called by the prosecution and is key to making the government’s case that Edwards directed a scheme to use nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he campaigned for the White House in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts and faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A former aide, body man and scheduler for John Edwards who was with the former presidential candidate when he met one of his wealthy donors is taking the stand for a second day at Edwards' trial over possible campaign finance violations.

Matthew Nelson began his testimony Wednesday, the latest in a series of former aides subpoenaed by prosecutors. Nelson worked in several jobs for Edwards and testified he was present at several key events, including the first time Edwards met Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the heiress who provided most of the secret payments at issue in the case.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two supporters used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

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