The trial cases of corruption committed by former U.S. presidential candidate John Edward opened in federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The trial began with the reading of the prosecution for misuse of funds by the Edward who reached one million dollars, came from two wealthy donors.
The funds were touted as an illegal contribution to the campaign, and to cover the case of the affair.
Edward subjected to six lawsuits for violating financial laws. If proven, 58 year old former senator from North Carolina that can be demanded 30 years in prison and fined 1.5 million dollars.
Funds campaign donations came from the owner of banking heir, Rachel Mellon.
Most of the funds used to pay for medical expenses Edwards mistress, Rielle Hunter, to keep the affair did not revealed to the public that embarrass himself and his late wife, Elizabeth Edwards.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds donated by the two leading figures, flow to Rielle Hunter, a videographer, who has a child from Senator Edwards.
During the presidential campaign of 2008, Edwards received large amounts of funds, exceeding the permitted by law.
Edwards, 58, pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy supporters. Much of the money was used to hide the then-married politician’s pregnant mistress during his 2008 White House campaign.
Prosecutors are expected to argue that Edwards masterminded a conspiracy to conceal his affair. Edwards’ lawyers contend the payments were gifts from friends intent on keeping the candidate’s wife from finding out about the mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her baby. Elizabeth Edwards died in December 2010 after battling cancer.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles, who was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama, will preside. She said she expects the proceedings to last about six weeks.