Dirty Dog Diaries: John Edwards Thought There Was A “1-In-3 Chance” That He Was The Father Of Rielle “Crazy Slut” Hunter’s Baby

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John Edwards Thought There Was A “1-In-3 Chance” That He Was The Father Of Mistress’ Baby

John Edwards ain’t isht!!!

John Edwards apparently didn’t think too highly of his mistress. According to testimony Tuesday from Edwards’ former top confidante, the ex-senator didn’t give himself great odds when he doubted that he was the father of Rielle Hunter’s unborn child.

“He said that she was a crazy slut, and it was a one-in-three chance that it was his child,” Young testified. Whether or not those were the odds, Edwards made a bad bet. After denying for months that he was the father, even after he copped to the affair, Edwards has acknowledged paternity for their daughter who is now 4 years old.

Young’s anecdote was just one of several titillating details that emerged during the second day of testimony in the high-profile Edwards trial. Young also described how Edwards’ late wife Elizabeth learned of the affair. He said Elizabeth would answer her husband’s cell phone without saying anything, allowing Hunter to start talking assuming she was having a private conversation with John. Young’s testimony is supposed to be a linchpin in the government’s claim that Edwards knew two wealthy donors had contributed nearly $1 million to hide his pregnant mistress — and in doing so violated federal campaign finance law.

But U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles disclosed Monday that the former Edwards aide had recently contacted three other witnesses in the trial to ask what they planned to say. In a meeting with lawyers before the jury entered the room, Eagles also noted that Young had a one-night stand with an unidentified witness in 2007 — the judge ruled the lawyers could not mention the one-night stand to the jury, but could mention the improper witness contact provided they didn’t describe it as “witness tampering.”

Young already was entering the trial with some questions in his background — he was the aide who initially and falsely claimed he was the father of Edwards’ illegitimate child. Kieran Shanahan, a Raleigh lawyer and former federal prosecutor who is attending the trial, said the prosecution is “taking a bit of a risk” by putting their star witness on first.

“If in cross-examination they’re able to destroy his credibility, it’ll be very difficult for the government to recover,” Shanahan said. The federal trial comes more than four years after Edwards ended his Democratic presidential bid and went on to watch his reputation crumble under the weight of the emerging scandal. He has gone from battling reporters to battling prosecutors who seized upon the scheme as an alleged campaign finance breach. While the lurid details of his affair dominated the headlines going into the summer of 2008, the focus of the trial is the money trail.

Edwards faces six criminal counts of campaign finance violations for allegedly accepting, and failing to report, campaign donations in excess of the $2,300 limit for individual contributions. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

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