Edwards back in court after day of emotional testimony
Legal panel debates arguments in trial
- Duration 4:43
- Date May 3, 2012
Legal panel debates arguments in trial
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Right now John Edwards back in court after a day of emotional testimony of former staffer recounting excruciating details.
Of an argument between Edwards and his wife Elizabeth after news reports surfaced of his extramarital affair back then it was all too much for his daughter Kate.
Who ran from the courtroom in tears yesterday.
So how will emotional testimony like this factor into the jury's decision on whether Edwards broke the law.
Let's bring criminal defense attorney original self and former prosecutor -- Jenkins -- I'm gonna start with you so.
Would all of this.
Going on the defense doesn't -- the family on what might come out I understand John Edwards at one point -- -- daughter and said I don't know what's coming you might wanna leave.
Will -- -- -- at any point there could.
The testimony that could come out and they may not know at which point it's actually going to happy.
But obviously -- testimony there will be a lot of testimony that we'll have an emotional impact.
-- parents on his daughter who's in court and even on the jurors any look at what the prosecutors are doing now they're focusing on John Edwards is.
Behavior because they're trying to show -- for -- deal he's character.
This is who John Edwards is these people think he.
I'll get -- more to to what that may have or how may have affected to see his daughter ran out of the courtroom.
But but ritual what I want to know from you now is just.
-- and and we can put some words up on the screen how this really comes into play apparently we're gonna learn in that courtroom the jurors are all about Riel hunter.
The prosecution saying yesterday.
21 of its witnesses Christina Reynolds a former Edwards staffer wanted to know about real hunter the prosecution said what did miss hunter want to do.
Meaning what does -- want to do with approached by reporters Reynolds response she wanted to comment that she had been abducted by aliens.
Prosecution said and was the campaign concerned about what she would say Reynolds says we didn't know what she would end up saying Rachel why is this -- -- now.
Well I think that what they're trying to show is that they were concerned that she would affect the actual.
-- presidential election but the bottom line is I feel like every time I hear something about this case.
We're casting sleazy the musical I don't know who -- like I have sent them and no seriously I mean it's like nobody's likable -- the jury's not gonna like anybody in this case.
But the prosecution trying to show what a bad person John Edwards is.
Doesn't necessarily make it a beyond a reasonable doubt case of campaign finance reform law violations.
They need to show beyond a reasonable doubt that but for the presidential election he would not -- wanted to cover up this affair.
Well I don't know about you but I certainly know men who don't need to be running for president could do everything they -- to cover up their fair enough so.
Eight I mean this isn't very very interesting thing I think that it's like they're trying to make it a soap opera when truly what matters is the -- -- letter of the law.
And the statute here is clear and I don't think they're going to convict him and if they do because the jury doesn't like him and appeals court will most likely overturn it.
Oh well and and say I mean all musicals in reality TV aside what is real about this case is really emotional seeing the daughter Kate thirty years old.
Harvard -- run out of the courtroom in tears do you consider putting John Edwards on the stand out -- try to turn this around for the defense just in terms of the image maybe that's left.
In the jurors' minds -- I think that's exactly what you'll see happen -- mr.
it was definitely plans on taking the stand offering -- he's account.
Everything they -- -- jurors are hearing from the prosecutors witnesses and if in the big day -- it's really he's credibility and his character and will make or break -- case so I think he's absolutely planning on taking the witness stand and testifying.
To explain some of these thing.
All right real quickly this comes from Jonathan -- our reporter who's covering this today on the ground unite and -- back and forth -- is one of the things that nobody's talking about.
Is whether or not that former aide Andrew young and his wife -- What ever face any charges after this having to do with tax fraud because there was a lot of money going around and that's a heart of this case Rachel.
Well Andrew Young it's very clear that he was granted immunity I'm not sure what happened with his wife and whether or not she was granted immunity but the federal prosecutors did grant Andrew Young immunity so I don't necessarily see them going after him for any criminal action.
As a result of his testimony in cooperation in this case all right.
Thank you so much to both of you for joining us each day brings about -- -- and more drama in the courtroom I understand that there are two more former staffers who were on the stand.
Right now we'll update our viewers -- the news happens on this thank you.