Judge rejects Edwards’s attempt to have charges of illegal payoff dismissed

To bolster this argument, Edwards's team cited the case of former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), whose parents gave $96,000 to a former aid with whom the senator was having an affair.

Edwards's case now likely will head to trial. Previous attempts to reach a plea bargain failed after the former senator balked at the prospect of serving jail time.

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