No Dismissal In Edwards Case
Judge says "we will let the jury decide" when pressed by defense to dismiss charges.
The judge overseeing the John Edwards trial has rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case.
Edwards' defense team argued Friday the prosecution had failed to proved its case after three weeks of testimony.
After listening intently Judge Catherine Eagles ruled in a matter of minutes, saying "we will let the jury decide."
Attorney Abbe Lowell was visibly frustrated by the decision.
"I think it was clearly a set back for Edwards, who thought he had a chance to end this case today," says legal analyst Hampton Dellinger.
Instead the defense now prepares to move forward, working to shift the jury's focus from Edwards' lies, affairs and an alleged cover-up to the specifics of campaign finance law.
"The jury knows he committed a number of sins and then lied about them. The problem for Edwards is the jury may not know all the context of campaign finance law. They may not know that this is not the typical corruption case," Dellinger says.
There is also a strong possibility that Edwards and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, could still be called to testify.