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Edwards' trial pushed back to January

Posted September 8, 2011

— John Edwards' criminal trial, which was supposed to begin in October, has now been pushed back to January, according to a new court filing.

Lawyers for Edwards asked a federal judge on Tuesday to throw out criminal charges against the former Democratic presidential candidate. The defense team filed five motions saying that federal prosecutors violated his rights under several constitutional amendments.

The lawyers argue that the federal indictment against him was unconstitutionally vague and that the charges were pursued by a partisan prosecutor for political gain. They also contend that, even if all the facts alleged in the federal indictment were true, he still didn't commit a crime.

"The simplicity of the argument that says, 'Listen, even if I did everything you say I did, it's not a crime' is interesting," said Kieran Shanahan, a Raleigh lawyer and former federal prosecutor.

Edwards was charged in June with using more than $1 million in under-the-table payments from political supporters to hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter during his 2008 run. He's also charged with helping to falsify campaign finance reports to cover up the payments. He has pleaded not guilty to six felony and misdemeanor counts. 


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  • mwiggs2 Sep 8, 2011

    fed up with the smirking face of John Edwards and all he represents...am so sorry for his children....

  • sunshine1040 Sep 8, 2011

    By the time this goes to trial maybe all of Johns friends will have retired from the bench unless all charges get droped first.

  • wildcat Sep 8, 2011

    the ones with the most $$ wins the game.


  • wildcat Sep 8, 2011

    Fine! Edwards will still see some prison time for his wrong doing. He will certainly faced his dire consequences. He is no longer the pretty boy from Robbins. He has embarrassed them all.

  • harmstrong4 Sep 8, 2011

    what is old ex gov easely doing? He drawing the big bucks at some law firm? lol

  • Tax Man Sep 8, 2011

    Maybe we should make it a constitutional amendment that lawyers and judges cannot serve any political office not in the judicial branch! That would sure eliminate most of the fraud in government.

  • southernbythegraceofGOD Sep 8, 2011

    is any one really surprised by this ? i for one am certainly not. just typical fashion of how these high profile things usually go.

  • jrfergerson Sep 8, 2011

    AMEN dollibug you hit the nail right on the head. it is all about padding the pockets these days. the ones with the most $$ wins the game.

  • dollibug Sep 8, 2011

    JUSTICE IN AMERICA? There is NONE....take a look around you....The Judicial System is for the people who have the MOST MONEY....to BUY their way out of what they have done....GIVE ME A BREAK....we all know that "Johnny" is going to GET OUT OF THIS MESS....but you know...he will pay sooner or later for what he has done....HE SHOULD BE QUITE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF...

    HE, though, is JUST ONE OF THE MANY....you happened to GET CAUGHT...AMERICA is RUN by CROOKED ATTORNEYS AND JUDGES....and most of the POLITICAL PEOPLE in WASHINGTON are ATTORNEYS ALSO....do we wonder WHY AMERICA is the way it is? IT IS A POLITICAL ARENA and that is ALL....GOD HELP AMERICA....and the BIG MESS that these people have allowed our country to get in...

  • driverkid3 Sep 8, 2011

    Hey, edwards, we already know that you're a lying, cheating politician, you don't have to keep proving it to us.