D.C. insiders line up to testify in Edwards trial

April 24, 2012

John Edwards and his daughter, Cate Edwards, arriving at the federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C. on Monday. (Chris Keane/Reuters)

The trial of the year — the sensational case of John Edwards that began Monday in Greensboro, N.C. — is going to be irresistible for D.C. insiders, thanks to a parade of high-profile witnesses and political insiders.

To determine if Edwards used campaign money to hide his extramarital affair, the prosecution and defense have compiled a list of key staffers, donors and friends who will testify in the real-life drama of sex, money and ambition.

Topping both lists is Rielle Hunter, the campaign videographer who had Edwards’s baby. Although the romantic relationship between the two appears to have fizzled out, they see each other during visits with now 4-year-old daughter, Frances Quinn.


Andrew Young, right, at an Edwards event in 2003. (Robert Willett/News & Observer)

Julianna Smoot (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Not every name on the lists will be called, but Judge Catherine Eagles ruled that all witnesses be sequestered — which means (except for Cate and immediate family) they won’t be allowed in the courtroom except for their testimony.


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Read earlier: For John Edwards, isolation is a symbol of his downfall, 4/11/12

The John Edwards trial: a final public flogging, 4/23/12

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