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John Edwards' lawyers head to court seeking dismissal of federal charges

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John Edwards' legal team to seek dismissal in criminal case
John Edwards, mistress Rielle Hunter and child.
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(CBS/AP) GREENSBORO, N.C. - A federal judge in North Carolina will hold a hearing Wednesday in response to five motions filed by lawyers for John Edwards seeking the dismissal of the case against the former presidential candidate.

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Edwards' lawyers argued in motions filed last month that the judge should throw out all six felony and misdemeanor counts. They allege the case was sought by a partisan Republican prosecutor bent on taking down a big-name Democrat.

Prosecutors, in turn, filed a stack of motions ridiculing the arguments seeking dismissal as baseless and ignorant of the law.

Edwards is accused of using about $1 million in undisclosed payments from campaign donors to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter during his 2008 White House bid.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty. A trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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