Seven more potential jurors dismissed in Edwards case

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The federal judge overseeing the John Edwards campaign-finance trial dismissed seven more potential jurors Tuesday as part of the process to select 12 people who can fairly weigh the evidence against the former Democratic presidential candidate.

So far, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles has eliminated 54 of the 185 people summoned last week to the courthouse in Greensboro. Several of those sent home Tuesday questioned Edwards’ character or expressed doubt about trusting the expected testimony of his former mistress, Rielle Hunter.

The former U.S. senator has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy campaign donors used to hide his pregnant lover as he sought the White House in 2008. Opening arguments are set for Monday.

Credit: The Associated Press.