Many legal experts have speculated that the decision was a sign of confidence that the defense team believes it adequately made its case and didn’t want to risk shifting the focus back to the more salacious aspects of the trial.

Edwards (D-N.C.) faces six felony charges, including conspiracy, false statements and four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from an alleged payment of $925,000 made by two campaign donors to cover up an affair and child he had with Hunter.

The prosecution spent three weeks making the case that Edwards spearheaded the cover-up, while the defense spent only three days focusing on the federal campaign finance aspect of the charges.

The prosecution will now have the opportunity to call rebuttal witnesses before closing arguments are made, perhaps as early as this week.