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Our rights is a brand new day today folks in the John Edwards campaign finance trial brand new video of the -- presidential candidate arriving for court.
Taking a look at that -- there on the long list of his witnesses on his defense team they are expected to call today's his daughter Kate can you see there.
On the left hand side of that picture and possibly.
We may hear today from John Edwards himself this is expected to be a riveting day in this testimony.
Jonathan Serrie is watching it all live he's outside of class right now in Greensboro, North Carolina.
So Jonathan what do we expect Cate Edwards who has been right by her father side throughout this entire process what -- expect her to sat.
Yeah it is certainly be interesting Cate Edwards up on the may not have firsthand knowledge of the financial dealings that went into hiding.
Her father's mistress but she can per -- -- she can personally testify.
But to the emotional impact of the affair and a botched -- had on her family as someone -- -- by her father's side.
Every day of this trial she may be able to paint a more sympathetic picture of John Edwards and some of the previous witnesses.
Now this comes a day after the judge blocked testimony from a key defense witness former Federal Election Commission chairman Scott Thomas was prepared to testify.
That he did not consider nearly one million dollars in secret funds to hide Edwards pregnant mistress to be campaign contributions.
In a preview of his testimony without the jury present.
Thomas said quote.
In my view it's a fairly clear cut case these are obviously intensely personal kinds of expenses.
These expenses would have remained irrespective.
Of the campaign.
Now judge Catherine -- sided with the prosecution.
To bar this specific testimony saying it would be more appropriate as a closing argument.
For the defense lead defense attorney Abbe Lowell with not too happy with the judges.
Decision and suggested -- it it might be overturned.
On appeal Martha.
Very interesting because that really is so pivotal to this whole case the decision about whether or not this was money that was going into the campaign or whether it's personal.
And would have happened regardless of whether he was running for vice president so what's the defense gonna do to get around that setback.
Well yesterday they did what they could to sort of get around that they called -- haggard who was the former.
CFO for edwards' presidential campaign in 2008.
She discussed a Federal Election Commission FTC audit of the campaign which determined there were no excessive contributions.
And did not require reporting the -- supporting Edwards mistress and child.
To underscore the personal nature of some of the expenditures defense lawyer Abbe Lowell asked tapper -- whether the campaign would have to file with the FBC.
For any expenses covering and OB -- appointment through real hunter or -- for her child.
Haggard said quote.
That would be a personal use we are not allowed to pay for personal expenses Lowell followed up -- something and if something is not a contribution.
Are there limits on what that person can spend.
Haggard replied no there's no limits -- asked if something is not a contribution does it have to be on an FEC report.
-- -- Know mark but.
-- very interesting Jonathan thank you so much going to be a big day.
In that courtroom we'll get back to -- as news breaks out of there and the.
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