Today probably a day of reckoning for John Edwards

Staff writersJune 3, 2011 

— Today is likely a decision day for John Edwards.

Edwards' legal team was gathered in the Triangle late Thursday, apparently in the final stages of negotiations over a plea deal or indictment.

Prosecutors have approved seeking an indictment, kicking off plea talks that continued all week.

The focus of a federal investigation of Edwards is on possible campaign law violations, tied to more than $1 million sent from two wealthy Edwards supporters to mistress Rielle Hunter and campaign aide Andrew Young.

Edwards has denied wrongdoing; his legal team says the money was to hide the affair from Edwards' wife.

Prosecutors think they can show that Edwards wanted the money to keep his 2008 presidential campaign alive.

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