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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Read this: Obama aide Jennifer Palmieri weeps on stand at Edwards trial


Jennifer Palmieri, a John Edwards adviser during his 2008 campaign who now works for the White House, leaves the federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday. (Ted Richardson/Reuters)
A poignant moment at the John Edwards trial on Wednesday, as Jennifer Palmieri — now the White House deputy communications director, who in 2008 was Edwards’ campaign spokeswoman — broke into sobs on the witness stand, reports our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia. The heartbreaking moment came as Palmieri testified about the final days of her close friend Elizabeth Edwards, who worried “she would be alone when she died” and that “there would not be a man around her who loved her.” Palmieri had to take a few moments to compose herself before resuming testimony — and by the look on Edwards’s face, this was pretty tough stuff to him to relive as well.

Read more of Roig-Franzia’s story: John Edwards called liar at trial; friend of wife Elizabeth calls him ‘deluded’, 5/9/12

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