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Closed-door meeting produces no word on status of Edwards trial

Posted January 6, 2012

— An attorney for two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards met behind closed doors Friday with a federal judge and federal prosecutor, but there was no word on whether the judge would delay Edwards' trial on campaign finance charges.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles issued an order late Friday stating that the hearing would continue next Friday afternoon.

The meeting came a day after lawyers for the former U.S. senator from North Carolina sought to seal documents describing what they call Edwards' "confidential medical condition." The information contained in the filing has been provided to prosecutors, defense attorneys said.

Edwards' lawyers last month asked to delay the start of his Jan. 30 trial for at least two months, in part because they said Edwards has a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend the trial.

The start date of the trial has already been pushed back once after Edwards said he needed more time to prepare his defense and attend his daughter's wedding.

Defense attorney Jim Cooney declined to comment after the 30-minute meeting, and prosecutor Robert Higganbothan left the federal courthouse in Greensboro without commenting.

Prosecutors say they are ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run.

Edwards, who didn't attend Friday's meeting, denies knowingly violating the law and has pleaded not guilty.


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  • timtooltime777 Jan 6, 2012

    He will ask the N.C. Bar to help him out just like easley ! Slap ! Keeps them law and order people employed !!!

  • justiceforall Jan 6, 2012

    He's allergic to prison.

  • flashsparks Jan 6, 2012

    I don't like wishing bad things on anyone, but it sure would be poetic justice if he were suffering from cancer.

    "Instant Karma's gonna get you."- John Lennon

  • affirmativediversity Jan 6, 2012

    So if it were YOU or ME in Judge Eagle's court asking for a delay based on "a medical condition" do you think she'd CLOSE THE PROCEEDINGS and HOLD OUR HEARING IN HER CHAMBERS?

    HECK NO...we'd be told to show up with our entire medical records and be prepared to read them aloud to the world!

    John Edwards should be treated no different!

    I have a major problem with the "in camera" proceedings...especially when it appears that the decision and justification for this kind of proceeding was also conducted "behind closed doors"!!!

    Where is the media...WHY ARE YOU NOT QUESTIONING THIS?????

  • affirmativediversity Jan 6, 2012

    And when was the hearing that resulted in this "closed" hearing?

    "Closed" court proceedings should NEVER "just happen"...

  • hunter38 Jan 6, 2012

    Lot of funny business has happened behind closed doors.

  • affirmativediversity Jan 6, 2012

    Why was this hearing held "in camera"?

    If anyone else was requesting a delay in their trial they would have to make that request in OPEN COURT and for good reason!

    I don't care what John Edward's medical condition is BUT the second he wants to use it in any legal proceeding it should become PUBLIC INFORMATION...

  • heremeaj Jan 6, 2012

    I bet he has "hairspray poisoning" or "the vapors" - and we have always known he is "spineless" so perhaps that is it.

  • miketroll3572 Jan 6, 2012

    Yep, he needs more time to bribe the appropriate people.

  • lumberman Jan 6, 2012

    If John Edwards is well enough to see his mistress and love child he should be well enough to stand trial.