Prosecutors give closing argument in Edwards trial

FILE - In this April 12, 2012, file photo, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards arrives outside federal court following a lunch break in Greensboro, N.C., during jury selection in his criminal trial on alleged campaign finance violations. Defense lawyers for John Edwards will argue at his trial that much of the nearly $1 million in secret payments at issue in the criminal case against their client were actually siphoned off by a trusted aide to build an expansive dream home. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

May 17, 2012 10:20:04 AM PDT
Prosecutors used John Edwards' own political rhetoric about the two Americas in their closing arguments Thursday, saying he was a seasoned politician who flouted campaign finance laws meant to give the rich and the poor an equal say in elections.