Updated 04/25/2012 09:14 PM
Cross-examination of former Edwards' aide underway
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GREENSBORO — The prosecution wrapped up questioning with Andrew Young, Wednesday, in John Edwards' federal campaign finance trial. The defense then began its cross examination aimed at raising doubts about the former aide's credibility.
Prosecutor David Harbach spent much of his final two hours with Young in direct examination dealing with issues that could undermine Young's credibility.
Young admitted that there were inconsistencies between his testimony and his 2010 tell-all book, "The Politician," but said they largely were caused by the involvement of several people in the book's publishing.
Young also confirmed he had contacted two, possibly three, unnamed defense witnesses just before the start of trial but said he didn't talk with them about anything having to do with the case.
During cross-examination, Young acknowledged an early correspondence from the book's publisher who told him that every word in the upcoming book should be true.
Defense attorney Abbe Lowell suggested Young had the opportunity in a later paperback version of the book to correct any inaccuracies.
Lowell also questioned Young about a litany of media appearances and e-mails in which Young had misstated facts about Edwards. He also asserted Young initially looked at John Edwards as his "ticket to the top," and after Edwards' affair became public, "his ticket to financial success."
Lowell expected Young to be on the witness stand at least through Thursday.