The jury will begin deciding the fate of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday, a day after closing arguments concluded in the corruption trial.
Before the closing arguments in the Greensboro, North Carolina courtroom, Edwards’ defense team rested its case without calling him to testify.
The jury should begin deliberating Friday morning because the judge read instructions to the jury late Thursday.
Edwards’ attorneys chose not to call his eldest daughter, Cate, and prosecution star witness Andrew Young, a former Edwards campaign aide, before wrapping up their case Wednesday.
The government alleges Edwards “knowingly and willingly” accepted large amounts of money from wealthy campaign donors Fred Baron and Rachel Mellon to hide former mistress Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy in an effort to remain a viable candidate in his 2008 presidential campaign.