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News in the John Edwards federal corruption trial we're glad you're with -- everybody moments ago his defense attorneys simply rested their case.
Without calling the former presidential candidate is to -- -- and or his former mistress as well -- surprises we got the -- is gonna go on for weeks but not quite as long as everyone expected.
Vernacular that's and generally I'm John Scott we thought we might hear from those two -- we're hoping I think you and I that we might get that live to pick up.
If she didn't happen didn't happen it is a brand new hour of happening now seventeen days of sordid testimony in Greensboro comes down to this.
Now the jury will soon decide whether Edwards illegally used campaign funds to try to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.
Dozens area outside the US district court in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The defense had his lineup of high profile witnesses ready to go today why rest.
Yes sudden change it appears they may have been looking for leverage -- They had been attacking the credibility of Andrew Young the key witness for the prosecution.
And then they were threatening to bring him on with these other witness.
They've been trying to get the prosecution to agreed to some unspecified stipulations.
And out today they announced just before they -- that if the prosecution would agreed to lease stipulations they would rest their case without calling Andrew Young took the stand so perhaps -- All leverage moving forward as we look for -- closing arguments to begin tomorrow morning John so they got what they want and apparently how strong is the defense case.
And the defense attorneys for Edwards -- appear fairly confident although they have repeatedly been frustrated in their attempts to.
Introduced testimony from Federal Election Commission officials giving opinions.
That the money in question that the money that was provided to hide Edwards pregnant mistress during the 2008 campaign.
Did not fall under FEC definitions.
-- campaign donations repeatedly.
The judge has refused these requests now just this morning they were attempting to introduce a tape.
Of one of these FTC officials.
Giving one such opinion.
We had have you -- the lead attorney for John Edwards saying quote.
It's an independent attempted by a criminal defendant who's fighting for his life.
To bring a piece of evidence will judge Catherine Eagles denied the request saying quote.
I don't think opinions of others whether they are FCC officials or not.
Are helpful to this jury earlier the judge had indicate indicated that such opinions were best reserved for closing arguments by the attorneys.
Which we expect to hear first thing in the morning tomorrow John.
All right John and Syrian Greensboro.
Wait for the jury to do -- work now thank you.
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