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John Edwards trial: Mistress Rielle Hunter will not testify

May 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The government plans to rest its case Thursday in the corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards without calling Rielle Hunter to testify.

Wednesday, former Edwards campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri testified about a 2007 argument when Edwards's wife Elizabeth angrily confronted a key donor about support for her husband's pregnant mistress.

According to Palmieri, Edwards' finance chairman tried to calm Elizabeth down, saying Hunter had to be kept happy or she would go to the press.

Palmieri's testimony also indicated that John Edwards knew that Hunter was being compensated.

He has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations.