Disgraced politician John Edwards is determined to work out a "plea deal" to avoid jail time as the federal grand jury investigating continues to examine his case.
The bombshell developments surfaced earlier this week about the former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate from sources close to the situation in Raleigh, N.C.
John Edwards has been investigated by both the FBI and IRS for possible campaign violations related to paying hush money to his weird mistress Rielle Hunter.
The grand jury convened back in April 2009, and the National Enquirer reported this March that an indictment was imminent and Edwards will face consequences.
Sources say "John is terrified" of jail, too. Better man up, Johnny!
Will John Edwards do time for his bribes to Rielle Hunter?
But he may escape that fate yet. Edwards is working "around the clock behind the scenes with his lawyers to work out a deal with prosecutors," a source disclosed.
"John does not want to be indicted - and he certainly doesn't want to go to jail! It appears he's willing to cop to a misdemeanor. He's asking to keep his law license."
It appears, however, that "he will admit some guilt."
Beginning in 2007, a series of stories blew the lid off Edwards' affair with blonde divorcee Rielle Hunter and the birth of their love child, daughter Frances Quinn.
Rielle was on Edwards' campaign payroll. In August 2008, the issue of "hush money" paid to Rielle and Andrew Young, a married Edwards' aide, first arose.
It was Young who helped cover up the affair by claiming he, not Edwards, was involved with Rielle and had fathered her child, he later admitted.