Edwards' trial pushed back to January
Posted September 8, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.