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Meantime back here on the John Edwards corruption trial gets underway again today and it is fast becoming a story of follow the money really.
At issue secret payments from that woman Rachel known as bunny Mellon.
Totaling over 700000.
Dollars that prosecutors say was used to cover up Edwards affair.
One of those sacks about a 100000 dollars there it is the -- is a payment for antique furniture.
So says the prosecution.
Jonathan Serrie is live outside the US federal court in Greensboro north Carolinas to Jonathan what's on the docket for today.
Will Rachel bunny Mellon is more than a hundred years old and reportedly too frail to testify so on her behalf we've been hearing.
Testimony from Alex -- -- and we expect more from him today he is the estate lawyer.
For Rachel bunny Mellon who funnel more than 700000.
Dollars to a John Edwards campaign aide on Friday -- a recalled a conversation.
That he had in the fall of 2008.
With Edwards then lawyer Wade Smith in which he asked whether the candidate.
Was aware of all of those funds -- -- quote Smith saying.
Yes John acknowledges now that these -- for his benefit.
After that statement court recess for the weekend so a left everyone on sort of a legal cliff -- that we expect will be resolved as we go -- more testimony.
This morning -- Well the big questions going to be whether he thought it was for his benefit or whether it was specifically designed to keep his campaign going.
So what is the defense have on tap.
Yeah well that's what this case hinges on we expect that the defense through cross examination of -- -- It's going to ask him to clarify that statement to clarify whether -- John acknowledges now means does that mean the former candidate was -- aware of the funds until late in the game when.
People such as Alex -- -- start asking questions or was he suggesting Edwards knew all along listen.
Two words are gonna have to be.
Expanded upon for this jury.
What does the word now mean and what does the word for his benefit news.
John Edwards has -- from the beginning that it was for his -- there was not for the campaign but they probably benefited.
Buy it in a personal capacity because it -- take care of his mistress and his new baby.
Now the prosecutor -- case hinges on federal campaign finance limits during that election cycle there was a maximum.
Individual donor cap of 2300.
Dollars -- -- said.
He was unaware of the checks that Rachel bunny Mellon have been writing on her personal account until one of those checks.
Bounced and the bank called him he then says he had a discussion with her.
During Friday's testimony he said quote.
I suggested since she knew the limit of what could be given in the campaign.
They surely had to be a personal gift to mr.
Edwards and she understood that.
Martha back to you.
After some discussion -- she was.
I'm happy about the new campaign -- -- didn't allow her to give money directly.
To the campaign and best we have the antique bed checks that's what the prosecution -- -- thank you.
There what it certainly table of this stature is and I shared out.
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