John Edwards trial starts

POSTED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:04pm

A jury is expected to be seated today in the trial of John Edwards.

That step paves the way for opening arguments in the case against the former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate.

Prosecutors allege that Edwards used nearly one million dollars in campaign donations to hide and provide care to his then-pregnant mistress, Reille Hunter.

Hunter, with whom he shares a 4-year-old daughter, is expected to be called to testify.

Edwards has admitted publicly that he did wrong to his family and supporters, but insists he did not break the law.

His defense team argues the money came from private, personal donations, not campaign funds.

Edwards faces six counts, including illegal use of campaign contributions and conspiracy.

Those charges could bring 30 years in prison and fines of $1.5 million.

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