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Edwards' trial delayed because of heart condition

Posted January 13, 2012

— A federal judge on Friday delayed John Edwards' trial on alleged campaign finance violations for at least two months because the two-time Democratic presidential candidate is suffering from a heart condition.

The trial had been set to begin Jan. 30, but U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said the earliest it could begin is March 26. No new trail date has been set.

Eagles said in court that she has received letters from two cardiologists, stating that they have scheduled a medical procedure for Edwards in February and that a trial would "reduce the chance for success."

John Edwards Heart problems prompt delay in Edwards trial

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, is on medication for the heart condition, the doctors said in the letters. He's also prohibited from driving.

Defense lawyers also noted that they have had a hard time meeting with Edwards in recent weeks to prepare for trial because of his health.

Court records detailing Edwards' condition have been kept under seal.

After a brief closed-door meeting Friday afternoon with Edwards, his attorneys and federal prosecutors, Eagles granted the defense request for a delay, saying "real and serious health issues" were at stake.

"I'm happy for his health," defense attorney Jim Cooney said as he left the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

Prosecutors said they have been 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 has maintained that the money was a gift and not unreported campaign contributions.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 17, 2012

    Seeing he's heartless, how can he have a heart problem.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 17, 2012

    Edwards is right, there are two America's. In his America, he gets to delay going to court and prison because he can afford doctors who will give him an excuse. In the America the rest of us live in, the judge would laugh at this excuse and force us to attend court.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 17, 2012

    "Edwards' trial delayed because of heart condition" - article

    His lack of a heart shouldn't delay the trial...

  • superman Jan 16, 2012

    He just needs to go 6 feet under.

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 16, 2012

    "good luck to him...he may or may not have done wrong but he has children that need him. Don't loose sight of that. If he goes to jail that's one thing. But they don't need to loose another parent from dieing."

    Thank you. I've never seen such a bunch of heartless commentators on a story in my life, all of them perfect and without a sin among them I'm sure. I don't care for the way JE
    handled a lot of things, particularly the way he treated a terminally ill wife, but it's not for me to judge him. It's my duty to examine my own self and see my own faults and failures and work on those.

  • gunny462 Jan 16, 2012

    Got that right RKBA!

  • driverkid3 Jan 16, 2012

    @wildpig777, I feel the same as you, except I've felt like that since to 70's. Glad to see others waking up.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jan 13, 2012

    Money can buy heart conditions.

    And doctors willing to testify for same.

  • janrountree Jan 13, 2012

    So, how long did Johnny delay his campaign due to his wife's illness? Oh yeah.... not at all.

  • christopher27519 Jan 13, 2012

    SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Using too much hair spray and looking into a compact mirror may cause a feeling of vainness which can lead to an overblown ego and a shrinking heart...