Edwards' fate hinges on ex-right-hand man and wife

FILE - In this June 3, 2011 file photo, John Edwards leaves the Federal Building in Winston-Salem, N.C. After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection is set to begin Thursday, April 12, 2012 for the criminal trial of the former presidential candidate in Greensboro, N.C.  Edwards faces six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat�s pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FILE - In this June 3, 2011 file photo, John Edwards leaves the Federal Building in Winston-Salem, N.C. After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection is set to begin Thursday, April 12, 2012 for the criminal trial of the former presidential candidate in Greensboro, N.C. Edwards faces six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat�s pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- An ambitious aide and his agreeable wife are among the star witnesses at former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' trial.

Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri, testified this week that Edwards knew money from his campaign supporters was being spent to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, from the tabloids. But Edwards' attorneys say the couple was using Edwards' problems to extract money from those supporters to build their dream house.

The Youngs are still together despite 12 years of turmoil. Young was accused in court of having a one-night stand. He agreed to lie for Edwards and claimed he was the father of Hunter's baby, then convinced his wife to let Hunter live with them for months.


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