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Former Edwards aides appear at Raleigh federal courthouse

Posted December 2, 2010

— Two former aides for John Edwards appeared Thursday at a federal courthouse where a grand jury has been investigating the two-time Democratic presidential candidate.

Jonathan Prince, who was the deputy campaign manager for Edwards' 2004 campaign, spent four hours inside the courthouse on Thursday morning. Jennifer Palmieri, the spokeswoman for the 2004 campaign, was inside for most of the afternoon.

Neither commented when leaving.

Jennifer Palmieri at federal courthouse Former Edwards aides appear at Raleigh federal courthouse

Grand jury proceedings are secret, but the panel is believed to be looking into Edwards' campaign finances to determine whether any funds were used improperly, including whether money was used to hide an affair Edwards had with staffer Rielle Hunter.

Hunter gave birth to a girl in February 2008 that Edwards has admitted is his daughter.

Hunter and her daughter appeared at the federal courthouse in August 2009. Other former campaign aides also have apparently testified before the grand jury.

WRAL News has learned that more people connected with the campaign might testify Friday. They include family members of heiress Bunny Mellon, who was a major donor to Edwards' campaigns.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, has denied wrongdoing. His attorney said two months ago that new subpoenas had been issued in the probe.

Palmieri also was a confidant of Edwards' estranged wife, Elizabeth Edwards. She now works at the Center for American Progress think tank, where Elizabeth Edwards is a senior fellow.


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  • pebbles262004 Dec 3, 2010

    He'll just get a slap on the wirst..just like Easley, it is getting so boring because we all ready know that our judges are on there side.....

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Dec 3, 2010

    Just another democrat role model.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 2, 2010

    Hopefully Edwards gets more of a sentence then Easley got.

  • jdupree Dec 2, 2010

    Tick, Tick, Tick, justice is getting closer for the lying cheating, womanizing, low life Attorney.

  • maybelle Dec 2, 2010

    This guy is like the Christmas Fruit Cake that keeps comming back.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 2, 2010

    I will only care when we see that crook carted off to jail.

  • dixieboy Dec 2, 2010

    Nobody cares.

  • cariannestanley Dec 2, 2010

    I wish they would just put this smarmy little twerp away........he's just a darned annoyance to society.......

  • hppyhourhero Dec 2, 2010

    He's only showing his morals as a liberal....Just like Larry Craig did as a Conservative...Tap, Tap, Tap.....

  • jackcdneh1017 Dec 2, 2010

    The two Americas : John Edwards America where all his friends and former partners can totally abuse the legal system virtually assured of getting favorable rulings from family court judges here in Wake County and the other America where folks who live their lives correctly and morally wind up with their lives completely ruined by these same corrupt attorneys and judges. The connection is easily seen, just look up former democrats who now sit on the benches in Wake County.