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Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (R) arrives with his daughter Cate Edwards at the federal courthouse in Greensboro, North Carolina April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (R) arrives with his daughter Cate Edwards at the federal courthouse in Greensboro, North Carolina April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (R) arrives with his daughter Cate Edwards at the federal courthouse in Greensboro, North Carolina April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane
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Former U.S. Senator John Edwards arrives at the federal court house for jury selection in Greensboro, North Carolina in this April 12, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Keane/Files

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards arrives at the federal court house for jury selection in Greensboro, North Carolina in this April 12, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Keane/Files

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards arrives at the federal court house for jury selection in Greensboro, North Carolina in this April 12, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Keane/Files
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Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (C) leaves the federal court house in Greensboro, North Carolina April 23, 2012. Edwards, 58, is accused of secretly soliciting more than $900,000 in illegal campaign funds from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during his failed bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (C) leaves the federal court house in Greensboro, North Carolina April 23, 2012. Edwards, 58, is accused of secretly soliciting more than $900,000 in illegal campaign funds from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant...more

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (C) leaves the federal court house in Greensboro, North Carolina April 23, 2012. Edwards, 58, is accused of secretly soliciting more than $900,000 in illegal campaign funds from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during his failed bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. REUTERS/Chris Keane
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