John Edwards trial continues, star witness cross-examined

POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:34pm

For the third consecutive day jurors in the John Edwards trial heard testimony from Andrew Young, a former aide to the one time Senator and presidential candidate.

Young has been given immunity in exchange for his testimony.

For two-and-a-half days Young has described, at times in intricate detail, a plan he says was implemented by John Edwards to hide mistress Rielle Hunter from his wife and the public during Edwards' run for the White House.

The defense got their first shot at the state's star witness in the high profile case on wednesday.

"There is no question there are opportunities for the defense to impeach Andrew Young's credibility," says legal analyst Hampton Dellinger.

They will have to tread lightly after several comments during the first two days of testimony that could actually help the defense.

Young has said repeatedly that money from Rachel "Bunny" Melon was given to Edwards for his personal use and that she expected nothing in return for the donations.

He's also indicated several times that Edwards didn't believe he was doing anything wrong.

For the first time in the trial Andrew Young's wife Cheri was seen walking into the federal courthouse.

She has been a central figure in his testimony, and was described as being in charge of family finances.

The money supplied to Hunter was funneled through the Young's family bank account.

Cheri Young could be the next witness called by prosecutors, though most believe the defense has at least another full day worth of questions left during their cross-examination of her husband.

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