John Edwards trial begins in North Carolina; mistress Rielle Hunter on witness list

The 58-year-old Edwards lives in Chapel Hill with two children from his marriage to Elizabeth, 13-year-old Emma Claire and 11-year-old Jack. Cate, his 30-year-old daughter who's a graduate of Harvard law school, accompanied him to court. The trial is expected to last six weeks.

The implications of an Edwards conviction on future political campaigns--including the current one--loom large. "It's going to mean lots more lawyers employed by campaigns," Hampton Dellinger, a former deputy attorney general, told Reuters. "There's going to be a lot more legal risk involved in election reporting if the government wins this."

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