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Judge: Former FEC heads may testify for Edwards

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) -- A federal judge will not rule out two former Federal Election Commission members from testifying for former Democratic presidential contender John Edwards, who's defending himself against campaign finance violations while hiding his mistress.

US District Judge Catherine Eagles in Greensboro said Friday she will decide later whether the commissioners could testify as experts on campaign finance law. She says she wants to hear the prosecution's case at Edwards's upcoming trial.

Those commissioners are expected to say Edwards did not violate the law when he failed to report nearly $1 million in payments from two wealthy friends to hide and care for his pregnant mistress during his 2008 White House run.

Federal prosecutors wanted to disqualify the commissioners' testimony.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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