GREENSBORO -- The jury heard two very different kinds of testimony surrounding the truth about John Edwards. One from a personal friend who the defense revealed to be a vengeful person set on exposing Edwards; and another who hoped to help Edwards come clean. In court Edwards appeared physically upset and on the verge of tears.
Tim Toben cultivated a friendship with presidential candidate Edwards through his neighbor Andrew Young. Toben became a vessel for helping to hide the affair when he was called to transport mistress Rielle Hunter and the Youngs to a get-away plane.
Toben and Young resented Edwards for the affair and through the defenses' exhibits, it was revealed that they wanted to market a tell-all book in an angry plot to expose Edwards.
"Here's a guy who go involved for all the right reasons and then was hurt when John Edwards sort of betrayed the causes he stood for," former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan said. "But it really went further than that and the truth I think came out today, that he became angry. That he vested himself in helping Andrew Young to out Mr. Edwards and then he went as far as to go to the Obama campaign and provide them information."
Then there was the soft-spoken former speechwriter, Wendy Button, who testified about her conversations with Edwards as they planned a public apology before the release of Young's book, "The Politician."
She said this was his time to tell his story, rather than let someone else. She said Edwards wanted to take care of his child, Quinn, and publicly embrace her since he had publicly denied her.
In his statement, Button said Edwards knew all along about Fred Baron, his former campaign finance director, taking care of Hunter and Quinn.
"So there's some things that are very damning to the defense and there's some things that are helpful," Shanahan said. "She's still under direct examination and we still have a long way to go. But we're at a very serious part of the case. This witness has 50 pages of hand written notes. The story even as John Edwards is going to come clean and tell the truth seems to be changing by every edit the two of them worked on."