Impact of Cheri Young's testimony on Edwards' trial
Former aide's wife is a key witness
- Duration 4:47
- Date May 2, 2012
Former aide's wife is a key witness
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John Edwards back in court today and all eyes are on Cheri young she's the wife of edwards' longtime aide Andrew Young.
And already we've heard a lot of explosive things -- on the stand after detailing the cover up.
Of edwards' affair defense attorneys filed a motion to strike much.
Have serious testimony from the record.
So what sort of impact can we expect Cheri young to have on this case let's bring in our legal panel former prosecutor -- Jackson.
And criminal defense attorney John and then -- -- -- -- see about -- decided Joey Jackson I wanna start with you because the thought.
-- a former presidential candidate or vice presidential candidate.
Could possibly go to prison over this seems rather farfetched but you say maybe not.
You know what Harris it may seem far -- but get used to that proposition because it may very well occur here.
I think in this case it comes down to common sense you could attack all you want you know you can attack -- young you can attack Andrew Young but -- a couple of things you have to keep in mind.
Number one with regard to the attacks have her.
There are details that just just what can be fabricated the fact is is that this testimonies to 2700 dollars that was placed in.
For for her -- this testimony about 40000 dollars in cash that was given terror this testimony about a 20000 dollar BMW this testimony about how she put the money in her account that -- -- with funding.
It's just to detail that's one problem the other problem Harris quite frankly is that they'll be corroboration trials cannot be -- that.
In a vacuum and in isolation you have to look at any testimony in the context of other testimony and I think on balance it's going to show that John Edwards knew this that he did what any human being would do which is high from public view the fact that a he was having an affair.
That's what it's gonna come down to it's not about not about it all the songs it's about.
John Edwards and what.
He did you know it's so interesting you say that yet we are very focused on the young's consistent pretty salacious right John I mean.
You say that what you be doing right now is actually focusing on the young's.
Yeah I agree with -- Jackson to a certain extent I think the issue -- cases where they gonna be whether John Edwards knew that this money that he received from the two benefactors.
-- a gift or whether it was a donation.
If there was a donation it was if it was a donation to the campaign then John Edwards is in trouble remember the money never -- -- the John Edwards campaign account.
That's evidence that it may have been a gift.
Also with -- question is whether or not John Edwards was covering up -- if there.
Because he was trying to keep his -- out of it or -- he covered up the -- because he wanted the public not to know about it.
Those are two key issues and I would expect that the defense would put on a former federal election commissioner.
As an expert to explain that what John Edwards did it wasn't a crime if they do that in my opinion -- might be a slam dunk not guilty.
Not a crime but certainly interesting to talk about what what could what could the punishment be if in fact this -- -- crime I don't.
-- -- what we're looking at thirty years I mean you know we don't like -- well how.
Thirty years 30 Harris it's you know it's big time here remember he's facing six counts one of the conspiracy was just when you -- you -- to commit an illegal -- -- four counts of receiving -- campaign donations improperly -- -- another count for making false statements in this is really really big and it's unfortunate with regard to not the money not going into his account of course not he was Smart enough to secret it took place it and -- young's accounts so that it would not be detected unfortunately it was and now there has to be accountability here.
You know my co anchor for today Jon Scott -- -- filling in for generally today and I were talking about this earlier and I thought you said something brilliant usage and now.
It's just kind of hard to believe.
All of that.
There's no question you know that's good.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I think that that is the issue I mean John edwards' character is on trial here and the guys likable is a former trial attorney -- the jury's.
When he when he what he did the trials in the past and I remember I expected to take the stand it ghost whose intent it goes to a state of mind.
Everything is -- hinge on the word that comes out of John Edwards -- so I think that's gonna be -- here.
So a jury to give you the last the point here it doesn't seem like the judge so maybe is taking this -- seriously -- -- reading it wrong now I.
-- -- judges do what they do -- some levity and in cases and trials judges have to make tough rulings -- tough decisions and -- won't hinge upon what the judge does that apple doesn't it would all it will hinge upon the testimony and ultimately regarding John Edwards remember he suffered -- -- in the public his public perception based upon the lies -- tales he's -- and based -- the fact that people think he has a huge -- the jury may not take a liking to that.
Well off have to say in this family has suffered a lot to Joey Jackson John and well and could see nothing like -- -- --