The scandal that engulfed John Edwards shattered his image as a devoted family man and led to his indictment. But as the former Democratic presidential candidate and senator walked into a federal courthouse Thursday, he was a man surrounded by family.

Edwards, fighting allegations that he violated federal campaign finance laws during his failed 2008 bid for president, was flanked by his parents and his grown daughter Cate as jury selection began in his case.

Prosecutors contend Edwards secretly obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars from two wealthy supporters — one who is no longer alive and another who is more than 100 years old — to provide living expenses for a paramour who was pregnant with his child.

That woman, Rielle Hunter, was a campaign videographer who gave birth to their daughter, Frances Quinn, at a time when Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, was battling the cancer that ended her life in late 2010.

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