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Citing medical condition, Edwards seeks delay in trial

Posted December 22, 2011

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— Former Democratic presidential contender John Edwards asked Thursday for a two-month delay in his trial on alleged campaign finance violations, citing an undisclosed medical condition among other reasons.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, faces six felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the nearly $1 million paid by two donors to help hide and care for his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, during his 2008 run for the White House.

The trial is set to begin Jan. 30, but Edwards' attorneys said in a motion that they don't have enough time to prepare for such a complex case and that failure to delay the trial "would be likely to result in a miscarriage of justice."

Information about the medical condition was provided to the court under seal, according to the motion.

Defense attorneys won a small victory in the case last week when U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles denied prosecutors' attempts to prevent two potential defense witnesses from testifying.

Edwards' lawyers want Scott Thomas and Robert Lenhard, two former commissioners of the Federal Election Commission, to testify about their doubts that the donations to help Hunter violated campaign finance laws.

Federal prosecutors argued that witnesses shouldn't be allowed to offer their opinions on election law, saying the judge is responsible for interpreting the law in the case. Eagles said she wants to hear the government's case against Edwards before deciding whether to allow Thomas and Lenhard to testify.

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  • quaten Dec 23, 2011

    Of course - whenever he feels up to it. To prevent as his lawyers put it - failure to delay the trial "would be likely to result in a miscarriage of justice."

  • nanasix Dec 23, 2011

    Medical Condition??? Could it be a guilty conscience for some of the acts he's committed. Maybe it's severe depression, worried that he might actually serve time in a federal prison where he belongs.

  • nanasix Dec 23, 2011

    Scott Thomas has no business testifying for Edwards, he's just as crooked as Edwards is. He won't prosecute cases in his own district that he has all the evidence needed for a grand jury indictment, but won't present it. He allows cases to be continued for years without hearing and prosecutions. The Asst DA's under him follow his oders and don't prosecute the criminals.

  • wildcat Dec 23, 2011

    What other off side excuse is Edwards going to come forward with. Sooner or later he will face the court and there will be no way of it. Just too, think we could have had THIS for a president. I so glad he will never have that opportunity ever again in his life time.

  • FragmentFour Dec 23, 2011

    Given all the stress this man brought on himself during the last four years, it seems possible that his medical condition might be a huge bleeding ulcer.

  • davido Dec 23, 2011

    hunter sez: here is one of north carolina's biggest "crats" in trouble and there NO "libs" posting here

    OK, as a lib who thought JE had a pretty good message, to the point that I voted FOR the guy in the primary, I'm sort of left with the rug out from under me feeling. As in.. what if he had gone into the general election with this baggage? It would be like Herman Cain winning the Reps nomination. So, sorry no, he lost my support.

  • usemailinator Dec 23, 2011

    "i love obama and i think he should be re-elected"

    Thats funny right there. I hope he will wake up in time for the next election. He's been asleep for the last three years.

  • usemailinator Dec 23, 2011

    If he was any-old joe up there the snippy judge wouldn't give a rats you-know-what.

    He's privileged elite.

  • Shelley Cooper Dec 23, 2011

    hey hunter38 - i love obama and i think he should be re-elected

    there, does that satisfy you? now you can flap the other wing, the right one is tired.

    say hi to rush

  • mchljam2 Dec 23, 2011

    I just thank God every day that eventually we ALL have to answer for our sins. Hopefully he will answer to his(J Edwards) down here as well, his poor wife didn't get to escape public forum when he put her through the mud. Hopefully his "excuse" doesn't allow him to escape either.

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