In our March 15 issue, we reported that insiders said an indictment was imminent. One source said “John was terrified” of going to jail.

But Edwards has been working “around-the-clock behind the scenes with his lawyers to work out a deal with prosecutors,” a source disclosed.

The source added: “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 charge. He’s asking to keep his law license.

“The prosecutors have put the screws to him – and it appears he will admit some guilt.”