John Edwards Charges Appear Likely Friday

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - John Edwards' lawyer was traveling to North
Carolina to meet with prosecutors, an indication that the former presidential candidate is likely to be charged Friday over the money used to keep his mistress in hiding during the 2008 campaign.

A person with knowledge of the investigation said Edwards' attorney, Gregory Craig, planned to be in his client's home state Friday. Prosecutors are prepared to file charges, and the sides are
still in discussions for a plea deal, so it's unclear whether Edwards will be indicted or agree to a negotiated charge.

The source insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the private negotiations.

The prosecutors have decided after a two-year investigation that the hundreds of thousands of dollars that two Edwards donors gave to help keep his mistress in hiding were contributions that should have been reported publicly by his campaign fund because they aided his bid for the Democratic White House nomination. But Edwards' lawyers have argued the funds were gifts intended to keep the affair a secret from his wife, Elizabeth, who died of cancer in December.

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