RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A federal judge has rejected attempts by former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., to dismiss charges he violated elections laws as a presidential candidate.
Edwards faces charges of violating campaign finance laws by secretly using contributions from two wealthy supporters to keep word of an extramarital affair and his mistress' pregnancy from the public during his failed bid for president in 2008.
Prosecutors argue the donations should be considered secret campaign contributions because they were intended to hide the affair so Edwards could continue his presidential bid, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported.
They also allege the contributions exceeded legal limits.
Judge Catherine Eagles ruled Thursday against defense motions to have the charges dismissed, a decision that means the case likely will go to trial.