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Former Edwards speechwriter to testify at trial

GREENSBORO (WKOW) -- The John Edwards trial continues Tuesday as an ex-speechwriter takes the stand.

Wendy Button is anticipated to testify that Edwards asked for help writing a document back in the summer of 2009. She says the former presidential candidate asked her to write a public statement about an affair and fathering a baby outside his marriage.

Button says Edwards was aware of the nearly $1 million provided by wealthy donors helping hide his pregnant mistress during the Democratic nomination in 2008. She also says there were legal reasons he couldn't disclose his knowledge of the cover up.

Edwards denies knowing about the money and pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations.

Edwards could go to jail for up to 30 years and faces $1.5 million in fines if convicted.

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