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Andrew Young's wife testifies in John Edwards trial

A court drawing shows Cheri Young, the wife of ex-campaign aide Andrew Young, on the stand in former presidential hopeful John Edwards' corruption trial. (Sketch by Christine Cornell)

April 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards said Monday that Edwards told her it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to cover up his affair during his 2008 White House campaign.

"I heard Mr. John W. Edwards tell me on the phone that he checked with the campaign lawyers and that this was legal," said Cheri Young, who was on the witness stand for a second day of questioning by prosecutors.

Cheri Young also said during her testimony in Edward's corruption trial that she had her doubts about taking the money, but that she did it anyway to help the campaign.

She also said she took the money because if Edwards' affair was exposed during the campaign, her job would be in jeopardy.

Cheri Young is the wife of Edwards' former aide, Andrew Young.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.