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chris, a breakdown, if you will. what is happening in court today? >> reporter: it's a circus-like atmosphere, randi. they are just really getting going with what the arraignment was supposed to be asking all of the defendants, do you accept this counsel, these attorneys that have been assigned to you. none of the defendants have answered. in fact, none of the defendants have uttered a word in response to any of the judge's questions. so far we have seen khalid sheikh mohammed for the first time in years. his beard is very long, it's turned more of a reddish color. he's wearing a right turbine and he's wearing reading glasses. none of the defendants, again, have said anything. they have steadfastly remained silent. that was a real problem going in because the judges said they cannot just choose not to participate and derail the entire proceeding. what they have had to do is had this loud speaker doing a
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translation of arabic and they can only wait for the translation and then speak again. another one of the defendants stopped everything to pray. he stepped outside of the desk to pray. and still another defendant was brought in in shackles. his civilian attorney, his american civilian attorney came to court and said that he was mistreated. we have heard some illusion to something that happened this morning as they were being brought into court because the one defendant was brought in in shackles and was shackled for a time while the others were not. we'll have to wait probably until they take a break and we're able to talk to some of the defense attorneys to figure out exactly what did happen this morning. randi? >> chris lawrence, thank you very much for the update there from guantanamo bay. a top russian general is not
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ruling out a preemptive strike on missile defense strikes. he made those comments over a missile defense field deadlocked. the u.s. and the european allies are trying to ease the fears by insisting the missile threat from the middle east. president obama is holding his first official campaign rally today in the battleground state in ohio. chief white house correspondent jessica yellin takes a look at what the campaign is doing to win the state. >> reporter: on the campus of ohio state university, pockets of enthusiasm for the president's first official campaign rally. >> we're excited. >> reporter: but the excitement of 2008 is missing. so the campaign is pouring resources into ohio to keep it competitive. the state director has been here since 2009. his message to voters, the
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president's auto bailout boosted the local economy. >> one out of every eight jobs in ohio is related to the auto industry. >> reporter: there are 18 field offices and romney opens his next week and democrats say they will try to use that local presence to win over undecided voters. >> it's voter to voter contact between a screen door and that kind of validation between a volunteer of that neighborhood gives us a huge advantage. >> reporter: then there is social media 2012, a step up from the last campaign. ashley bryant, a cincinnati native, is the state's digital immediate kra director. >> we're showing the president doing the stance which is fantastic to get people excited for saturday. >> reporter: she runs an ohio-based campaign blog and twitter accounts with messages local i'd localized to ohio voters. >> we're usually covering all of
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our platforms. we're posting it on the blog, flicker, and everything in between. >> reporter: volunteers will be checking in with attendees. speakers will ask audiences to retweet the messages and a photo booth on site. >> we're going to be showing their photos on the big screen during the rally. >> reporter: sounds modern and new, but is it enough? >> voters in ohio say that hope and change has turned into the 2012 campaign of hype and blame. >> reporter: the president has loyal supporters here. >> if barack obama is end the war in iraq, he will have a successful presidency. >> reporter: they say it will be a dogfight. >> any lack of enthusiasm for obama will be matched equally by a lack of enthusiasm for romney. i just don't see a lot of energy, period, in ohio politics right now. >> and jessica yellin joins us
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live from columbus. a little bit of a close-up there. what is the message to voters today? >> hi, randi. he is going to try to frame a narrative for this campaign today talking about what the challenges he faced when he came into office were. essentially, how much worse it could have been, how much better was because of the policies he put in place. and then in campaign terms, draw a contrast with mitt romney. that's how they like to put it. but it's a lot of framing the message, framing how he tried to make things as good as they could be and how much better it can be going forward. in other words, don't change now. his remarks will be 15 to 20 minutes. the first lady will speak before him and one of the senators running for re-election will also be here and the audience erupted in cheers. it's already a very enthusiastic vibe in this auditorium which
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seats 20,000. you'll see a real rally atmosphere here and a lot of new technology on display, too, randi. >> jessica yellin, thank you very much. mitt romney is slamming president obama over the new labor report that came out yesterday. the economy only added 115,000 jobs last month. romney says that is no cause for celebration. >> the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.1%. normally that will be caused for celebration but, in fact, anything over 8%, anything over 48% is not cause for celebration. >> the country can't celebrate until unemployment is at 4%. the colombian escort is
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these guys were secret service agents. otherwise, she says, she wouldn't have turned them into police. >> it was an amazing moment in this very casual interview, i should say, randi. because the secret service was really intent on making sure that the prostitutes, the girls, whatever, did not know that they were secret service agents so that would mean the president's security was never threatened. but she said this probably never would have happened had she known that. it started out as a party in a bar, a lot of drinking. one of her friends even attracted to these secret service agents whom, again, she says she had no idea who they were. >> and she says she's guys were dancing on the bars and drinking a lot of vodka and pulling up their shirts and then a friend introduced them? >> that's right. it sounded like your typical rowdy rauk kus pick-up scene and that's where she says it led. >> translator: my friends nor i, we didn't know they were agents,
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you know, obama's agents for, you know, and then we left and we went to this place to buy condoms and then we went to the hotel. >> whop went? >> well, my friend -- she's not really a friend. she's an acquaintance, and the agent who was with me and the other one, the four of us. and then my friend went with him because she liked him. no, i don't understand. because she liked him. it wasn't the same thing i was doing. >> and what she says she was doing, she admits, was trying to get payment for quote, unquote, escort services. she and the agent that she was paired with had an agreement, an $800 gift if she spent the night in that hotel room. and she did. she was there from 1:30 to 6:30. she won't say what happened but she will say what happened after it ended. >> what happened the next morning? the hotel called and said that she had to go?
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>> that's right. she wakes up the agent whom she's just a friend, right, and says, it's time to pay me. and take a listen to what she says happened next. >> and i told him to wake up and give me my gift that i asked him for. and he said, no. just go [ bleep ]. i'm not going to pay you. and then he just put out 50,000 pesos for the taxi and i was like -- i was in shock in that moment when he just said that. >> 50,000 pesos is about 30 bucks. she was not going to leave with $30 after being promised 800. she spent the next three hours getting the colombian police, other agents to pull their resources which led to $250. not knowing until the next day this was all, quote, unquote, obama's agents. >> and that's money that the other agents pulled? >> that's right. this guy would not open his door. >> and now she's saying that
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selling her body is not something she's going to do anymore, according to this interview, but she's not opposed, i guess, to posing in men's magazines? >> not opposed. there are rumors that there may be some deals in the works. she wouldn't release any of those details. it's been two weeks since her claim to fame. she's probably figuring out where she's going to go with this. >> who knows where it's going to go. how do you define marriage? that's the question that north carolina voters must answer and it's sparking protests. we'll tell you why.
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welcome back. voters in north carolina have a big issue weighing on their minds. they are concerned about amendment 1. it defines a marriage between one man and one woman recognized by the state. it bans same-sex marriage but also invalidates civil unions and domestic partnerships between unmarried heterosexual couples. reverend billy graham has a big ad in favor of the measure. recent poll shows that it is passing right now, the 54 to 40 margin. i asked north carolina house majority leader paul stam with the state is taking this step. >> well, we've had marriage between a man and woman for 343 years. the reason we have to put it in
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our state constitution is that half a dozen other states have, by judicial fiat, had a handful of judges change the laws of those states. and we have the same provision as 1868 that they did and this leaves the decision with the voters instead of with a handful of judges. >> but when you look at this measure, it would also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. i'm just curious how do either of those threaten marriage as you see it? >> well, first of all, there's no common definition for either of those terms. we don't have those in north carolina. we have a handful of cities and counties out of our 625 citieses and counties that have what they call domestic partner benefits. but the measure would not prohibit those cities and
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counties from providing benefits if they do it in a different way. in other words, not by recognizing that as a status but rather according to an objective criteria, such as who lives in a household. >> but if it's the same in the end, if you have to say, okay, so these benefits go to someone who owes rent in my household or my roommate, there's still a partner. so in the end if they still get the benefits, why all the fuss going through this? >> well, i don't consider it a fuss at all to re-establish marriage in south carolina as one man and one woman what many people don't seem to know is that domestic partnership would
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be a solve marriage of same couples. >> i don't know what you mean by that. the amendment specifically allows contracts between individuals to be enforced. so if you would tell me what you mean by that, i could address what you mean. >> because there's always a chance that those contracts won't be enforced. a straight couple is at risk as well and that by doing this -- >> well, the amendment specifically says that private contracts may be enforced by the courts. >> the measure certainly has its krit sicks. north carolina pediatric society, psychiatric society, they all oppose amendment 1 saying that it will impact millions of children. i want you to listen to the tv ad which opposes amendment 1. >> my fear with amendment 1 is
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that my daughter would lose her health insurance and that she would lose it immediately, simply because we're unmarried and that's really unfair. and it is completely arbitrary. if you looked at a classroom full of kids and said, which ones do you not want to cover? some would say, why are you even doing that? but this is. this amendment is doing that. amendment 1 will take away my daughter's health insurance. and that's extremely unfair. >> how would you like to respond to that? what would you say to melissa there? >> well, she is completely wrong in her premise. the vast majority of insurance in north carolina is private, which would not be affected at all. the vast majority of governmental insurance would not cover her child any way. and those handful of cities and counties that have it in that -- of that nature if they reformat it so that they want to cover the unmarried household members and all of the children at the -- they could do that if
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they want to. now, that would be very poor insurance policy, but it would be legal if they want to do that. that's really a red herring. >> i also spoke with reverend william barber, who is against the amendment. you'll get a chance to hear what he has to say as well. the next revolution in music is happening here. pandora rocks the big board.
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we were talking about the controversial amendment 1 before the break. north carolina will have to decide which way to go. i spoke with reverend william barber earlier this morning. he's president of the naacp and a leading voice against the amendment. take a listen. >> how people feel is the conscience. the real question is, do we want to support voting on placing discrimination and hate and division in our constitution? do we want to follow groups like the research council, the organization of marriage who have said clearly in their own document that the goal of these types of amendments is not so much about marriage but splitting constituencies. do we want to follow those who have fought us in every area on voting rights, civil rights, cut public education by $1.6
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billion. and now they want to ask us to cotify discrimination, to literally put it up for a vote people's constitutional rights to equal protection on the law. this is a very dangerous precedent. >> let me jump in, representative paul and her wife is working for the government. listen to this. >> the vast majority would not cover their child any way and in the handful of cities and
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counties if they reform at it, if they want to cover the unmarried household couples may do that. >> so he's talking about reform matting their status. i guess you can call them roommates instead of wives. what is your take on this? >> well it's ultra conservative instead of trying to split the community. this is bad law. and every law school said this is a bad law and it will hurt even heterosexual families because it does not recognize domestic unions. it will hurt children and it's bad law. and there was no public comment on those laws and when you check
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on that, look at the rest of the section. he stood against us in the criminal justice system, tried to repeal the racial act. this is nothing more than a conservative tea party type ideology, trying to split the community. and it's particularly in the south that we talked about a state's agenda. >> let me ask you quickly, the naccp doesn't take a stand on same-sex marriage. maybe in light of issues like these coming up on the ballot, might the naacp reconsider? >> no. really, that's the wrong question. we believe as a matter of religion and conscience, this is a matter of constitution. the passage of the 13th, 14th amendment of the constitution, we have never narrowed our constitutional rights. we've expanded them. when we did write things into
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the constitution t. cost us slavery and we wrote women out of the constitution, poor white people out of the constitution. the assembly is not the council. we should never seek to -- however we feel about same-sex marriage, we should never seek discrimination, hate, and division into the constitution. on those grounds, when you ask people that question, when you let them know who is behind this, what it will do, the polling is much different. people can be against same sex religiously, they can do that. they find themselves standing against this amendment because they understand that it is fundamentally not contrary to the american way, contrary to the values to vote on people's rights, to put people's constitutional rights up for a public vote. that's the debate we should have. >> and the vote for amendment 1, we should let you know, is on tuesday. defense secretary leon
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top stories now, president obama is holding his first official campaign rally today in the battleground state of ohio. it's expected to start in the 1:00 hour at ohio state in columbus. in syria, an explosion at a car wash killed at least five people. it happened as security forces drove by in a bus. opposition groups also attacked and injured three government soldiers. it violated a peace plan brokered by an envoy. a spokesman says it will take
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time for the plan to take hold. protest turned violent in cairo. one person was killed and more than 300 people injured as demonstrators clashed with government forces. deadly clashes earlier this week. demonstra demonstrators want the military government to move quicker towards civilian rule. is bad behavior by some u.s. troops and shocking scandal and now leon panetta, is trying to send troops a wake-up call. barbara starr breaks it down for us. >> reporter: after a series of high profile incidents of troops misbehaving, defense secretary leon panetta went to ft. bening georgia on friday to say, enough is enough. >> the few who lack judgment, lack professionalism, lack leadership can hurt all of us. >> in afghanistan alone, one
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scandal after another. in january, video of and in february, posing with a flag with the nazi overtone. riots inadvertently burned korans. panetta's speech was broadcast to the entire u.s. military. warning bad behavior can lead to instant international headlines. >> and those headlines can impact the mission that we're engaged in. it can put your fellow service members at risk. it can hurt morale. it can damage our standing in the world. >> reporter: the investigation of a dozen service members and potential misconduct involving alcohol and prostitutes during
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president obama's trip to kol y columbia brought it to an even higher profile. general james amos said it's brought disdes credit on the marine corps and called for an end to embarrassing conduct. the chief of staff of the army also weighed in, calling for an end to the bad behavior and the navy, well, in the last 2 1/2 years, the navy has relieved 47 commanders from duty for failing to meet professional and behavior standards. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. stop starving and start eating. that is the message from "vogue" magazine. to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air -
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there's nothing in this whole closet that will fit a size 6, i can assure you. you'll take what i give you and you'll like it. >> that, of course, was a scene from the devil wears prada. the pressure to be thin in the world of modeling can be intense. the movie is loosely based on
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one woman's experience of working at vogue but in real life the magazine is making a move that can change the face of fashion. beginning next month, "vogue" will no longer feature models under the age of 16 or those too thin or those who appear to have an eating disorder. the group that prompted "vogue" to take action is joining me now. good morning to you. some people call "vogue" the style bible. tell us how you got involved and why it's so important to support such an initiative. >> well, randi, i think this could really be game changing for the industry. i started modeling when i was 14 years old. in hindsight, i think that was too young. it's a very grown-up industry. we have grown-up pressures and i just don't think that a child should be subject to that. so, yeah, i formed this group
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called "the model alliance" and we're giving models a voice in the fashion industry and i'm really, really thrilled that "vogue" magazine has taken the lead on this because obviously they have a lot of clout in the industry and influence. and we're hoping that other fashion brands and magazines will follow. >> you began modeling at age 14. some other famous models also began modeling at young ages. what experience did you have at that age, i guess, that made you think that a need for an initiative like this was necessary? >> well, i would say most of my experience was positive but when you're 14 years old you kind of -- you think you're much more grown up than you really are and sometimes, for example, if you're put on the spot to do something that makes you uncomfortable, you might not speak up. you know, i remember long working hours, despite the fact that there are child labor laws
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that say kids -- there should be very strict requirements as far as, you know, meeting your educational obligations and that sort of thing. the fashion industry for a long time has sort of ignored that and so i think there's a really long way to go but this is a start. >> as part of the six-point plan, "vogue" editors will be ambassadors for a healthy body image. but in january i'm sure you know that "vogue" featured the 10-year-old model. is this enough or should they bin featuring plus size or older models to reflect the audience? >> well, i think for a long time fashion images have certainly not been representative of the female population or the american population. you know, obviously they favor
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predominantly very thin, generally white, young women in their teens and it will be positive for the industry to take a more inclusive approach. and to "vogue's" credit, they have made an effort to feature a variety of sort of health and body in their magazine but i think that this will serve -- raise the bar for the industry overall. >> the state mission of your group is to organize ziz and radically improve the conditions under which the models work and i know you have several primary goals, including enforcement of primary labor laws. tell me about some of the others. >> well, one thing that may not be obvious to the public and we are working to address and we
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surveyed models and found that a lot of them don't actually have health insurance. there are obviously these body image concerns but like a lot of working americans, health insurance is an issue for models as well. so we want to make sure that they can see a doctor and our range of other issues. but the focus is really for them to have some say in the business. >> now that "vogue" has signed on, i'm curious, are you going to try to get other magazines to sign on as well? >> we'll really hoping that other fashion magazines will follow and i think that will happen. "vogue" has these guidelines issued by vogue are very similar
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to the fashion designers of america and they basically applied to new york fashion week. that's only a 14-day span. it's a very -- you know, it's a short period of time that only applies to a small select group of runway models so i think we're really going to see and feel this. >> thank you very much for the work that you are doing. >> thank you. well, the hats, the mint juleps, and, of course, the beautiful horses. the kentucky derby is today. reynolds wolf is here and he has all of the answers. what do you think? >> i think it's going to be a hodge podge. yesterday, thank heavens, they didn't have the race. the storm caused 100,000 people to evacuate from churchill downs.
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today the situation is a little better. however, if you look, there's more rotation. we might see with plenty of rotation at the surface, a few thunderstorms will pop up in the afternoon hours. we have a chance of rain that the national weather service has given a 60% chance. i'm thinking it's going to be 30 to 40. temperatures around 80 degrees and are very, very muggy. it should be very interesting to say, to say the very least. a little bit of wood for reserve mixed in with the mint juleps. >> i don't know about you, but i'm going to take a nap so i can stay up for the super moon. you want to get up over the northeast and it will imagine fi
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even more. it's much brighter and it's going to appear 14% bigger. there are unbelievable shots. it should be just as pretty. >> that was gorgeous. i hope we catch it. >> you bet. >> have you ever wondered what it will be like to soar through the air? this man did it over the rio skyline. he jumped off a chopper and zoomed around the famous statue below and then headed south over a breathtaking view before parachuting back safely to earth. that is a bold move. wow. a 6-year-old is in trouble, believe it or not, for sexual harassment, and his mother says he didn't even realize the mean of what he was saying. [ truck beeping ]
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kids say the darnest things, right? sometimes they don't realize the meaning of what they are saying but a 6-year-old is in serious trouble for repeating a song that he saw on television. here is that story. >> reporter: he's seen the video and knows the lyrics. >> i'm sexy and i know it. >> but when elementary in auror three days for sexual harassment. >> i'm floored. they are going to look at him like he's a pervert period. that's not fair to him. >> this is -- >> reporter: with a passion for
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art he came to the school with discipline problems. >> i think it's kind of overwhelming, sexual harassment on a 6-year-old. >> reporter: no one from aurora public schools will speak with us on camera. we checked the district code. sexual harassment must have negative affects on learning of others something a psychologist said a 6-year-old one understand. >> purposefully going out of your way to irritate and sexualize a relationship, i don't think so. i think there's better ways to talk about appropriate, inappropriate. >> i can understand if he was fondling her, looking up her skirt, trying to look in her skirt. that to me is sexual harassment. >> newsroom continues at the top of the hour with fredricka whitfield. good morning. >> good morning. good to see you. of course, you know, president
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obama is officially restarting or starting again his campaign. any similarities to what we saw in springfield back in 2008? >> good question. >> we're going to find out. ohio and virginia are the places he's officially beginning the campaign. fineders keepers, usually that's the case. what happens if you find the lottery ticket in the trash and it turns out to be a winning tibet. do you get to cash it in and keep it forever? our legal guys will be joining us. this case has gotten pretty heated. in fact, it involved the winner of that ticket -- the original owner of the ticket gets to reclaim p it. the finders keepers rule doesn't apply. we'll explain. >> i was at jazzfest, this is the second week of the jazzfest, it's an incredible conglomeration of music, fun. >> we saw you walking around, enjoying yourself. >> i got to stop off and talk to
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some greats like this man, one and only al green. of course i asked him about that iconic moment, what's become an iconic moment of president obama singing his song. has he a grade for the president. >> was it good or bad, i just want to know. >> you'll have to watch. you'll have to watch. >> i'll watch. >> you know in the job interview at the end a question is asked, do you have any questions for us? valerie burton will be along to say whatnot to say at that moment. >> that is a very important moment. that's make or break. >> that's make or break. noon eastern time until 5:00 today. lots coming your way. >> lots of fredricka coming your way. thank you. >> i'm now enjoying the chair, it's kind of fun. >> we'll stop here. sex, lies, campaign cash. take you to north carolina for a look at the most dramatic week yet in the john edwards corruption trial.
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welcome back. yahoo! trying to get past a bit of embarrassment. the company was forced to admit the computer executive didn't have the science degree he claimed he had. now the board is launching a review into the disclosure and will report to shareholders. it was brought to life by an activist investor pushing for changes in the company. former international monetary fund dominic strauss-kahn may face a gang rape investigation. prosecutors are looking into opening a preliminary investigation or closing the matter all together. the french newspaper "the
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liberation" reports it came from reports from belgian police after a report. the soap opera of the john edwards corruption trial. colorful witnesses and testimony from some of the people close to edward during his second presidential run. joe johns brings us the latest from greensboro, north carolina. >> reporter: the second weekend of the john edwards finance trial saw a parade of staffers and associates testifying about how edwards lied again and again about his relationship with his mistress rielle hunter. former adviser recounting how he asked edwards in 2006 whether he was sleeping with hunter who had been traveling around with edwards shooting web videos. he warned edwards if he was having an affair, he should not
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run for president. sur said he denied it. recounted an angry conversation. edwards told him to back off, he did not need a babysitter. he told him to go blank himself. brad huffman, interior designer and friend of rachel bunny huffman. he was the middleman which he delivered to edwards fixers, andrew and cheri young. when asked what the 101-year-old mellon thinks about the case now says she doesn't condemn affairs but thinks you should pay for your girlfriend yourself. huffman said didn't know what the money was for. we knew nothing about a girlfriend or baby. all she wanted to do was make a president. that last statement could have helped the prosecution persuade the jury edwards intentionally accepted illegal campaign money but happened after the jury had
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been sent out of the room for an objection. huffman's testimony helped both prosecution and defense says a local law professor. >> they have to show bunny mellon wrote checks, his name on the checks. what he really did for the defense was establish he didn't know john edwards at all, didn't have any skex. >> reporter: also testifying bunny mellon's attorney saying he started checking out the payments after a $150,000 for bogus furniture almost bounced. probably the most dramatic moment of the week came on the testimony of former edwards research director christina reynolds, who is also a friend of the late elizabeth he had yards, john edwards wife. reynolds testified after an article about the affair in the "national enquirer," mrs. edwards started tearing off her clothes telling edwards you don't see me anyone. daughter cate got up and walked
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out in tears. >> that kind of drama layers on how personal this story is. think of the story of miss edwards and john edwards arguments and the difficulty in their marriage really supports the defense theory he was doing this to cover up the affair from his wife more than he was trying to keep his campaign going forward. >> reporter: that's the crux of the case whether he accepted illegal campaign money to cover up the affair or if the campaign didn't have anything to do with it. the prosecution expects to rest its case next week. joe johns, cnn, greensboro, north carolina. and "cnn newsroom" continues we fredricka whitfield. hello again. >> hello to you. the legal guys will join us to talk more about the obstacles in the john edwards trial. >> what a drama. >> it is. we're talking about the campaign trail for year this year, president barack obama holding his first official campaign rally in a critical battleground state of ohio.


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