The Madeleine Brand Show for April 30, 2012

The John Edwards trial continues, with new twists

John Edwards Trial Begins In North Carolina

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Former Senator John Edwards leaves the US Federal Courthouse after the first day of jury selection on April 12, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jury selection begins as the former presidential candidate faces a criminal trial for campaign finance violations.

The John Edwards trial continues in North Carolina this week. Monday, the wife of Edwards' former staffer Andrew Young, was on the stand to testify about the extreme lengths to which she and her husband went to hide Edwards' affair with his mistress, Rielle Hunter. This follows a week of dramatic testimony from her husband, who at one point said he "feared for his life" while meeting with Edwards about the cover-up.

Edwards is accused of violating campaign finance laws by spending $900,000 from two wealthy donors to hide the affair during the 2008 presidential race.

Last week, Young testified that he went on the lam with Hunter and shepherded her in and out of posh estates and hotels on the campaign trail.

But he faced grueling cross-examination from Edwards' defense team, who painted him as a liar who pocketed much of the campaign funds in question.

They're accusing Young of lying and changing his tune to sell copies of his book about the cover-up.

North Carolina lawyer Hampton Dellinger, who is blogging about the trial, joins the show with an update from the courthouse.

Guest:

Hampton Dellinger is a North Carolina lawyer who is blogging about the trial and joins the show from the courthouse in Greensboro.


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