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Apr 29, 2012 11:54 AM by Matt Stafford

Edwards' fate hinges on ex-right-hand man and wife

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - An ambitious aide and his agreeable wife are among the star witnesses at former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' trial.

Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri, testified this week that Edwards knew money from his campaign supporters was being spent to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, from the tabloids. But Edwards' attorneys say the couple was using Edwards' problems to extract money from those supporters to build their dream house.

The Youngs are still together despite 12 years of turmoil. Young was accused in court of having a one-night stand. He agreed to lie for Edwards and claimed he was the father of Hunter's baby, then convinced his wife to let Hunter live with them for months.

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