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Tuesday
Jun262012

Rielle Hunter and John Edwards Split Up

Courtesy of Rielle Hunter(NEW YORK) -- Rielle Hunter and John Edwards ended their controversial relationship last week, just days after her new book debuted and she went public about how they met, hid their affair and had a baby girl together.

"We are a family, but as of the end of last week John Edwards and I are no longer a couple.  Not at all," Hunter told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

When asked if she still loved Edwards, Hunter replied, "I do."

Stephanopoulos asked if Edwards still loved her and she said, "You have to ask him.  I think he does."

Nevertheless, the couple split, she said, worn down by the scrutiny and pressure brought on by their high profile affair that began while Edwards was running for the 2008 presidential nomination.

"For me, for my part in it, it's because I'm no longer interested in hiding, hiding our relationship, not living out," she said.  "I don't know if you've noticed, but we've had a lot of media scrutiny.  It's complicated and it's hard.  It wears you down after a while."

Hunter wouldn't say whether one of them made the break.

"That's private.  We decided together to end it.  It's hard.  It's painful," she said.

The interview began with Stephanopoulos asking Hunter, who has a baby girl named Frances Quinn with Edwards, whether knowing what she knows now, would she do it all again.

"Would I do that again?" repeats Hunter almost incredulously.  "No way.  Absolutely not."

The break-up came after the publication of Hunter's revealing memoir What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me.  The book revealed that Edwards had several mistresses before her, but it also angered people for her harsh criticism of Edwards' wife Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer at the time of their affair.  Elizabeth Edwards has since died of the disease.

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Monday
Jun182012

Rielle Hunter Reveals John Edwards' Multiple Mistresses in Tell-All Book

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although Rielle Hunter was John Edwards' last mistress, she was not his first or only one, Hunter claims in a revealing tell-all memoir obtained by ABC News.

In her book, What Really Happened, set to hit stores on June 26, Hunter discloses that Edwards had affairs with at least two other women dating back 20 years, and did not reveal the truth until 2011, two years after Hunter appeared before a grand jury.

Ironically, when Edwards first met Hunter in 2006 he lied to her about having more mistresses -- not fewer -- and only revealed the truth about his relationships years later, when he was set to be tried for using donations from wealthy political supporters to cover up his illicit affair and the daughter he had with Hunter.

Edwards last month was acquitted on one count of violating campaign finance rules and a federal judge declared a mistrial on five other criminal counts after the jury came back deadlocked.  The Justice Department will not retry the case.

In the book, Hunter is vague about the current status of her relationship with Edwards, but suggests that they remain romantically involved and he is a presence in daughter Frances Quinn Hunter's life.

"I really have no idea what will happen with us.  The jury is still out.  But I can honestly say that the ending is of no concern to me anymore.  The love is here.  And as sappy as it may sound, I love living in love," she writes.

Hunter says she was driven to write the book because she wants daughter Frances Quinn to "have one entirely truthful public account of how she came into the world.  After all, this is her story too."

The book is a primer on the life of a political mistress -- long waits in hotel bars and furtive dinners over take-out, punctuated by short passionate trysts and the anxiety of being hounded by the paparazzi.

It is additionally both a full throated defense of Edwards' innocence and at times a screed against Edwards' wife Elizabeth, whom Hunter routinely describes as "crazy" and blames for driving Edwards into the arms of other women.

Tune in to 20/20 on Friday, June 22, to watch ABC News' Chris Cuomo's exclusive interview with Rielle Hunter.

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Tuesday
May292012

Is John Edwards Flirting with Disaster?

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- Jurors in John Edwards' campaign corruption trial get back to work Tuesday in an attempt to arrive at verdicts on six charges that could potentially put the former North Carolina senator and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate behind bars for 30 years.

Meanwhile, the judge in the case is also expected to address an "undisclosed jury issue" that may have to do with an alternate juror giving Edwards what's known as the "hairy eyeball."

ABC News reported late last week that the alternate, who's described as an attractive woman with jet-black hair, has been flirting with the defendant in the courtroom.

She supposedly smiled, giggled and blushed when looking at Edwards, who reportedly smiled back at her.

While Edwards' lawyers laughed at the obviousness of it, the flirting also didn't get past U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles, who met with the attorneys after the session Friday and plans on another meeting with them Tuesday.

The entire matter is sort of unsettling, given that Edwards is on trial for supposedly trying to cover up an extramarital affair with campaign contributions.  His wife, Elizabeth Edwards, passed away in 2010 after battling breast cancer.

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Friday
May252012

Is John Edwards Flirting with a Female Juror?

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- After a week of deliberations, the four alternate jurors have become the prime distraction for the assembled press corps and spectators in the courtroom.

On Thursday, the alternates -- three women and one man -- caused something of a stir when they showed up in matching bright yellow shirts, hardly bothering to suppress their snickering as the judge addressed the main panel of jurors.

For nearly four weeks, 16 jurors heard all the evidence in Edwards’ case.  After the closing arguments, Judge Catherine Eagles made the unorthodox decision to extend the service of the four alternate jurors, while the primary panel of 12 deliberated the six felony charges.  So, for the last five days of deliberations, the gang of four alternates has been required to show up at court each day, sent to a holding room with instructions to avoid talking about the case.

Since the alternates were identified last Thursday, it has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days.  She smiles at him; he smiles at her.  She giggles; he blushes.

The flirtation has become so obvious that even Edwards’ attorneys have to work to suppress their laughter at the absurdity of it all.

The jury returns on Friday to resume deliberations for a sixth day.  Edwards is accused of using nearly $1 million in campaign donations to hide his affair with his mistress Rielle Hunter.  If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison and fined as much as $1.5 million.

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Monday
May212012

John Edwards Jury Looking at 'Bunny' Money as Deliberations Continue

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- The jury in John Edwards' campaign finance trial begins its second day of deliberations Monday morning in Greensboro, N.C.

The panel of eight men and four women spent about five hours behind closed doors on Friday as they began to weigh the evidence presented over nearly four weeks of testimony.

Shortly after they retired to the jury room on Friday, the jurors sent out a note to Judge Catherine Eagles, requesting a number of trial exhibits related to money provided by Virginia heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon in 2007.

The government alleges in count two of a six-count indictment that Edwards and his former aide Andrew Young illegally solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mellon as part of the effort to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.  Count three of the indictment contains similar allegations, but is focused on checks Mellon wrote in January 2008, shortly before Edwards ended his quest for the nomination.

Among the exhibits the jury requested is a letter Mellon wrote in April 2007 that is sometimes referred to as the "haircut" letter.  Mellon wrote the letter to Young, shortly after the press had seized on the news that Edwards had charged a $400 haircut to his campaign.

"I was sitting alone in a grim mood -- furious that the press had attacked Sen. Edwards on the price of a hair cut," Mellon's handwritten note reads.  "From now on, all hair cuts, etc., that are a necessary and important part of his campaign, please send the bills to me.  It is a way to help our friend without government restrictions."

Within six weeks of that letter, Mellon began writing a series of personal checks that would eventually add up to $725,000 over seven months.  The jury also requested copies of the first two of those checks, which were funnelled to Young through an intermediary and eventually deposited in an account in the maiden name of Young's wife, Cheri.

Edwards' defense team has argued that Young was taking advantage of Mellon, bilking her out of the money with the pretense that it was for Edwards.  They noted that the vast majority of Mellon's money went to Young and his wife, who used much of it to fund the construction of their $1.6 million home.

After the jury's request on Friday, an Edwards lawyer told a clutch of reporters in the courtroom that the deliberations could take a while.  The jury appears, at least at the outset, to be taking a meticulous, count-by-count approach to their discussions.

Edwards is charged with conspiracy, accepting illegal campaign contributions and making false statements.  If convicted on all six counts, he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

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Friday
May182012

John Edwards' Fate Now in Hands of Jury

Steve Exum/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- The court of public opinion has had plenty to say about John Edwards but now it's up to a jury in Greensboro, N.C., to ultimately decide the fate of the former U.S. senator, who is charged with violating campaign finance laws by allegedly using more than $1 million in donations to hide the affair and baby he fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter during his run for the 2008 presidential nomination.

If convicted on all charges, Edwards could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years behind bars.

Throughout the trial, Edwards' lawyers argued that the money he received from two wealthy donors was not campaign contributions, and therefore, he broke no laws.

During closing arguments on Thursday, defense attorney Abbe Lowell admitted Edwards was a bad husband who cheated on his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, while she was dying of cancer, but that he never did anything illegal in trying to keep his spouse from learning about his indiscretions.

Lowell also cast aspersions on Edwards' former top aide, Andrew Young, who helped his old boss keep his affair with Hunter quiet, going as far as claiming paternity for a baby he didn't father.  Lowell claimed Young enriched himself and his wife with cash gifts from heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron.

Prosecutor Robert Higdon countered that Young was nothing but loyal to Edwards and that the former contender for the Democratic presidential nomination abused his position of power.

As for being a bad husband to Elizabeth Edwards, Higdon agreed with that assessment but added that he went beyond a sordid affair to exploiting the public trust by breaking campaign finance laws.

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Wednesday
May162012

John Edwards Trial Gets Documents While Awaiting Rielle Hunter

Sara D. Davis/Getty ImagesUPDATE: John Edwards' defense team has rested its case.  Neither Edwards, his mistress Rielle Hunter, nor his daughter Cate were called up to testify.

Closing arguments are set to begin on Thursday.

(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- The nearly $1 million in donations used to hide John Edwards' mistress and love child were not campaign contributions, the Federal Election Commission concluded, according to documents filed in Edwards' trial.

The FEC audit of Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign was submitted to the court by Edwards' defense team on Tuesday.

Edwards is on trial for allegedly using nearly $1 million in donations from wealthy backers Fred Baron and Rachel "Bunny" Mellon to keep his affair secret to protect his presidential ambitions and later his hopes of winning a spot as vice president or attorney general.

Edwards' lawyers are asking the judge to admit an audio recording of the July 2011 FEC meeting when the audit was closed. 

Defense lawyers say the recording shows Commissioner Donald McGahn stating, "It's odd for me to say that the transaction is a campaign transaction" and "I'm not sure that [the monies paid by Mellon and Baron are] a reportable. Actually I can say [the monies are] not a report, in my view, not reportable."

The commission voted unanimously to close the audit.

One of those commissioners, Scott Thomas, was on the witness stand at Edwards' trial Tuesday morning.  However, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles would not allow Thomas to tell jurors his view on how the law applied to what Edwards' allegedly did in 2007 and 2008.  Eagles has said the jury should decide, without guidance from experts, what the purpose of the gifts were.

Attention in the courtroom on Wednesday, however, will not be on documents.  Observers will be holding their breath to see if Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter, or even John Edwards himself, takes the stand.

Both are on the defense team's list of possible witnesses for Wednesday, although experts are skeptical that Edwards' lawyers are willing to put the unpredictable Hunter on the stand or would allow Edwards to be subjected to cross examination by prosecutors.

One person likely to take the stand before the defense wraps up its case this week is Edwards' daughter Cate.

Cate Edwards, 30, has sat behind her father through almost every day of testimony leaving only when a witness described her mother Elizabeth's emotional anguish at discovering Edwards' illicit affair and illegitimate child.

Cate may corroborate her father's story that the financial donations were meant as gifts to enable Edwards to hide the affair from his wife, Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer. 

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Tuesday
May152012

John Edwards' Daughter Cate to Testify He Loved His Wife

Steve Exum/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- The most difficult testimony John Edwards may have to endure in his trial is scheduled for Tuesday, when his daughter Cate is expected to take the stand and tell the court how much her father loved her mother.

Cate Edwards, 30, has been Edwards' most visible supporter throughout the month-long trial, but even she left his side when the testimony has concentrated on the hurt that her father's affair caused her mother.

John Edwards is on trial for allegedly using nearly $1 million in donations to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter, and later their baby daughter, during his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination.  If convicted, he could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Edwards' defense team has argued that the money was not intended for his political campaign, but meant to hide his affair from his wife, Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer.  Testimony on Monday depicted Elizabeth Edwards as a woman with a "volcanic" temper who feared humiliation for herself and her children because of her husband's infidelity.

Cate Edwards will be expected to corroborate her father's version of events.

"I think we will expect to hear more details from Cate how he loved Elizabeth, how he tended to her in her final days," Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, the Washington bureau chief for People magazine and someone close to the Edwards family, told ABC News.  "You will hear more about that that was his primary concern in hiding the affair, protecting his family."

"Cate told me not too long ago, I'm the child of two parents... And she is going to stick by him.  She said that is what families do.  She believes he committed no crime," Westfall said.

Westfall noted that Cate Edwards, who is a lawyer, was recently married and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.  But she has returned to North Carolina for her father.

"She's a newlywed, and her husband lives in D.C. full time.  Cate has packed up her life and went to down Chapel Hill to help her dad out with her two younger siblings.  She is really kind of head of the family right now, taking her mother's place, coordinating the kids' schedules.  And she is working it out with her dad.  They are very close still, you know," Westfall said.

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Monday
May142012

John Edwards' Defense Lawyers to Start Making Their Case

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- John Edwards' defense team will begin making their case in a North Carolina courtroom on Monday, trying to prove that the former presidential candidate did not break any campaign finance laws when he accepted money to cover up an affair.

Edwards is accused of using nearly $1 million from wealthy donors to hide his affair with mistress Rielle Hunter and to keep secret that she gave birth to his baby during his bid for the 2008 presidential nomination.

Edwards, however, contends the donations were personal gifts meant to be used at his discretion, including keeping the affair a secret from his wife Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer.

The prosecution wrapped its case on Thursday after 14 days of testimony.

Edwards is charged with six counts of violating the federal campaign finance law, and could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines if convicted.

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Thursday
May102012

John Edwards Prosecution to Hit Finale Without Rielle Hunter

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- The finale in the prosecution of John Edwards on Thursday may feature Leo Hindery, a political backer who witnessed Edwards' desperate attempt to salvage a top level job from Barack Obama even after Edwards' mistress gave birth to his love child.

Hindery is expected to be one of the last witnesses for the prosecution before it rests its case on Thursday.

Conspicuous by her absence will be Rielle Hunter, Edwards' lover who had his baby while Edwards was seeking the 2008 presidential nomination.

Hindery is expected to tell the jurors that even after Hunter gave birth to daughter Frances Quinn and Edwards dropped out of the presidential sweepstakes, Edwards was still trying to make political deals with Obama to be vice president or attorney general.

Edwards is on trial for allegedly using nearly $1 million in donations to hide his pregnant mistress.  Hindery's testimony could bolster the allegation that his efforts to keep the affair secret was tied to his political ambition.

The one-time presidential candidate could be sentenced for up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Edwards' defense, however, claims the money was spent to hide Hunter from his wife Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer.

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