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Another twist in dispute over reputed Edwards sex tape

Posted September 12, 2011

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— A Superior Court judge said he will hold a hearing to determine whether a former aide to two-time Democratic presidential candidate violated a court order by sharing evidence in a civil trial with federal prosecutors investigating Edwards.

Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is suing former aide Andrew Young and his wife for the return of personal photos and videos, including what's reputed to be a sex tape featuring Edwards. Hunter says the items were taken while she was in hiding during the 2008 campaign, but the Youngs maintain the Hunter left them behind when she moved from a house in Chatham County.

A federal grand jury indicted Edwards in June on campaign finance violations, alleging that he accepted illegal donations from two wealthy contributors and funneled the money to Hunter to hide their affair.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his trial is set for January.

Young is a star witness for the prosecution in the criminal case, and he turned over all of his documents and depositions to federal investigations. Hunter's lawyers said Young and his wife were guilty of contempt of court since materials in the civil case were supposed to remain under wraps until the trial, which is set for March.

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Young was simply complying with a federal order, according to his attorney, Robert "Hoppy" Elliot. The order also forbade him from telling Hunter's attorneys or Orange County Superior Court about the document transfer, Elliot said.

Judge Michael Morgan said he would hold a hearing before deciding whether the Youngs violated a state court order. No date has been set for the hearing.

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  • Rebelyell55 Sep 13, 2011

    This Young guy is an opportunist that I hope will catch up with him and burn him bad. He should already be in jail.

  • tenderheart1788 Sep 13, 2011

    A federal court order over rules any and all state court orders. But this is NC and this state plays by a totally different set of rules.

  • jgriffith3792 Sep 13, 2011

    "No one with a rational mind would think only liberals supported him." RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman

    No one with a rational mind would have supported Edwards.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 12, 2011

    ifc - "All the liberals are too busy posting for homosexual "marriage" to be bothered with one of the outcomes of one of their many previous abysmal choices."

    No one with a rational mind would think only liberals supported him.

    And we're having more trouble with conservative religionists at the homosexual "marriage" story than liberals.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 12, 2011

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out why these items have not been returned to Hunter.

    Unless they show Edwards counting out to Hunter for her services, what could they possibly have to do with the Federal case against him for campaign funds fraud???

  • ifcdirector Sep 12, 2011

    Where have all the Edwards stickers gone?

  • ifcdirector Sep 12, 2011

    All the liberals are too busy posting for homosexual "marriage" to be bothered with one of the outcomes of one of their many previous abysmal choices.

  • Alexia.1 Sep 12, 2011

    So, attorneys with the full power and backing of the federal government ask for something and he is supposed to say "no"? And apparently they have a federal order? Gee, the guy had no way out of that. It should not be an individual's responsibility to obey one court when another tells you something else. I'd say the courts need to argue with themselves.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Sep 12, 2011

    Aren't these people's 15 minutes up YET?

  • Tax Man Sep 12, 2011

    I would think that a criminal investigation would trump the silly civil suit that Edward's mistress filed. The DA/Prosecutor should tell the civil judge to let them prosecute Edwards and then all the evidence can be returned to the civil court. Perhaps Ms. Hunter is guilty of obstruction of justice in the criminal case!

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