Edwards defense team set to question former aide

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Defense lawyers for John Edwards are expected to get their first shot at cross examining a former aide who is a key witness against his former boss.

Andrew Young was the first witness called by prosecutors at the criminal trial of the two-time Democratic presidential candidate.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations.

Young’s testimony is essential to making the government’s case that Edwards conspired to use secret payments from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

Young will take the stand for a third day Wednesday, with prosecutors expected to finish their questions by lunchtime.

The defense claims Young spent much of the money at issue in the case building a $1.5 million house.

Credit: The Associated Press.