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Civil trial over reputed Edwards sex tape delayed

Posted July 29, 2011

— A judge has delayed the civil trial involving a purported sex tape featuring former presidential candidate John Edwards until 2012.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Carl Fox said Friday there is no way the civil trial could be held at the same time as a pending criminal case against Edwards.

Both were previously scheduled to start in October. Fox rescheduled the civil trial for March 26.

Edwards' former mistress Rielle Hunter is suing his former aide Andrew Young for the return of personal property including what's reputed to be a sex tape featuring Edwards.

Federal prosecutors are also pursuing charges that Edwards accepted illegal campaign contributions to hide his affair with Hunter during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.

The cases are separate but feature an overlapping cast of characters.

Hunter's lawyers were upset Friday after learning that Young had turned over all his documents and depositions to federal investigators months ago.

"This is not the way the courts are supposed to operate," attorney Alan Duncan said. "I frankly find this whole process difficult to understand. I've never seen anything like it ... We received no notice and opportunity to be heard. We received no information the documents had been released. This has gone on for months."

Young's attorney, Robert "Hoppy" Elliot, said his client was simply following a federal order which forbid them from telling anyone.

"(Young) had no choice. He did not seek it out (or) collude with anybody. He was ordered to give documents to the U.S. attorney and the government, and he did so," Elliot said. "It would have been a violation of a federal court order for me or my firm or Andrew Young to provide information to the other side. We had no choice."

Fox decided that another judge will have to determine whether that was right, triggering yet another delay in the civil case that Young's attorneys claim has become a media sideshow to Edward's fight against the federal charges.


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  • barbstillkickin Aug 1, 2011

    Just let this go like you do to all politicians. I mean come on people if you or I took money from a person to use illegally we would already be behind bars. He walks into court smiling and it makes me sick. This country needs to stop pampering the rich and make them pay just like us poor people. SEND HIM TO PRISON AND WIPE THAT SMILE OFF HIS NASTY FACE.

  • quaten Jul 29, 2011

    -- The federal investigators needed the documents and dont tell anyone? Perhaps there's a secret-agent national security password tattoed ... ? Naw, it must be something else.

  • tarheelfan41 Jul 29, 2011

    Maybe it's the heat, but I'm ready to scream. Why are we paying the public sector to try Edwards over a sex tape? He's slime, so's Real Hunter, we get it. This is not how I want my tax money spent! But did we ever finish investigating Bev's 38k in free airplane trips? Did she ever fire her crony who she brought in over the ELECTED superintendent of schools? Did she ever have to give either of THOSE monies back? Yeah, let's worry about a sex tape while we could be holding her feet to the fire and, I don't know, FIRE HER? Oh wait, they're ALL public sector. Gotta go easy on our buddies, wink wink.
    July 29, 2011 1:47 p.m.
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    Don't forget Bev gave the defeated Senator Etheridge a job that pays hundreds of thousands dollars, your tax dollars....doing what? What is he doing to earn a single penny? Just another pay back...wink, wink, and WINK!!!

  • Nancy Jul 29, 2011

    "Of course they do, isn't everything Government does free?" - whatelseisnew

    ROFL - that was a good one, thanks :)

  • justuptonogood Jul 29, 2011

    Edwards/Wiener 2012

  • whatelseisnew Jul 29, 2011

    "You think Judges, bailiffs, clerks of court, court reporters and state attorneys in civil court all work for free?"

    Of course they do, isn't everything Government does free?

  • whatelseisnew Jul 29, 2011

    NOw that is one tape I never ever want to see.

  • james27613 Jul 29, 2011

    "Let's go to the videotape" Warner Wolf 1969

  • storchheim Jul 29, 2011

    Thanks, jurydoc. I'd say I'm more than a bit confused. I hereby retract my rant.

  • chrisbrown397 Jul 29, 2011

    Jurydoc - change your name. You are court-ignorant. No tax money spent on civil trials?

    You think Judges, bailiffs, clerks of court, court reporters and state attorneys in civil court all work for free?

    Grow up; get educated.