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So what's the key issue here Jonathan.
John the key issue is really determining the intended behind that nearly one million dollars from.
Two wealthy donors that was used to.
Hide real hunter during her pregnancy was it merely to prevent John Edwards -- wife and kids from finding out about the affair.
Or was it to preserve his family man image among voters during his 2008 bid for president.
So this trial has the potential to broaden the legal definition of what constitutes a campaign contribution.
No doubt lawyers for political campaigns nationwide we'll be keeping a close -- On the outcome.
Of this potentially precedent setting trial -- so with testimony getting underway who are the top witnesses.
Well we have some video to show you -- Andrew Young former Edwards campaign staffer arriving at the federal court today.
He will be the key witness for the prosecution.
The defense obviously.
Will try to point out some inconsistencies.
Of statements that he made throughout the year at one point claiming paternity up.
Real hunters -- illegitimate child that Edwards and eventually admitted.
Was his own the defense is likely to call on real hunter to testify although the prosecution is likely -- want to hear from her as well after all she was the beneficiary.
Of that nearly one million dollars in funding at least in terms of the logistics of putting her up and luxury hotels.
Buying chartered flight and paying for her medical bills during her pregnancy job.
So she would be call real hunter on behalf of John Edwards.
She would be called on behalf of John Edwards believed to be friendly to the the defense but.
Again the prosecution is likely to want to hear from her as well.
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