On Monday, after 3 weeks of hearing from the prosecution, John Edwards' defense team began their case in his trial over the alleged violation of campaign finance laws. What's happened so far, and what can we expect?
Tuesday, Edwards' daughter Cate, who's been with him throughout the trial, is expected to testify, probably about her mother and what the situation was like at home (and how Edwards had wanted to keep the affair from Elizabeth). Anna Werner writes for CBS that she's the first family member who will have taken the stand; we can assume it's to help make him a more sympathetic character. Rielle Hunter, who'd been on the witness list for prosecution but was not called, has also been discussed as possibly taking the stand for the defense. So, perhaps we'll learn still more about the women of the Edwards trial.
Monday started with a setback to the defense. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles stopped Edwards' lawyer, Abbe Lowell, as he announced Scott Thomas of the Federal Elections Commission as his first witness, because she hadn't been told about the witness on Friday. In the end, Thomas wasn't allowed to address the jury about what constitutes a campaign contribution (in his mind, the money received from Bunny Mellon and Fred Baron does not). As Diane Dimond writes in The Daily Beast, "The judge ultimately decided that since many statutes, 'clearly define what a campaign contribution is,' it should be left to the jury to decide if the Mellon-Baron money was given with the intent to influence the Edwards’ campaign for president."