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Judge sets April trial for Edwards

Posted March 1, 2012

— A federal judge on Thursday set an April 23 trial date for two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who is accused of using political donations to hide an affair during his 2008 campaign.

Edwards' trial was supposed to begin in late January, but U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles put it on hold after learning that the former U.S. senator was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

Eagles said Thursday that his health has moved to a management stage. Edwards wasn't at the court hearing, and his lawyers declined to elaborate.

Andrew Young, former John Edwards aide Judge not inclined to limit testimony of former Edwards aide

"The rest doesn't make any sense to say, and we appreciate everybody respecting his privacy," attorney Abbe Lowell said.

Jury selection for the trial is expected to begin April 12, and the trial is expected to last six weeks.

Lawyers argued Thursday about how things should be communicated to the jury, such as the difference between "accepted" and "received." They also argued over what five witnesses, including longtime Edwards aide Andrew Young, can say at the upcoming criminal trial.

Edwards' lawyers and prosecutors submitted court filings last month over anticipated testimony from Young about conversations he had with heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and campaign finance chairman Fred Baron about money used to help hide Edwards' pregnant mistress.

Defense lawyers said Young's testimony would amount to hearsay, since Baron is dead and the 101-year-old Mellon is too frail to testify. Young is expected to be a key witness for the prosecution.

Eagles appears ready to allow the testimony, wrapping up the hearing by saying, "I think we're ready to go when these arguments come up at trial. Sounds like a lot of them will be admissible."


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  • driverkid3 Mar 2, 2012

    britsturtevant:::will this trial be televised? does anyone know?

    I sure hope so. It would give the sane among us some laughs at the garbage they will come up with.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 1, 2012

    The Federal judge is a Democrat partisan appointed by Obama.

    She'll protect Edwards.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 1, 2012

    "I still do not understand why they can't depose Ms. Mellon so she doesn't have to travel to court. - pdmc1270"

    She's old and senile.

    She's an old lady that Edwards conned out of her money.

  • pdmc1270 Mar 1, 2012

    I still do not understand why they can't depose Ms. Mellon so she doesn't have to travel to court.

  • 426X3 Mar 1, 2012

    I'm sure he will develop some other illness closer to his trial date.

  • Z Man Mar 1, 2012

    When is the judicial system going to take this seriously? This guy is a weasel and will do anything to draw this out. Try him NOW then throw him in jail.

  • Ambygirl Mar 1, 2012

    driverkid3-- I totally agree! I'm pulling for HIM to pull time! I believe Buckie is related to ol' John.

  • superman Mar 1, 2012

    A iregular heart beat! Didnt realize he had one. He has shamed his parents, children, family and friends. We wont even mention his deceased wife. This just proves you dont have to be white trailer trash and live in a trailer.

  • driverkid3 Mar 1, 2012

    My man moj, yeah, I'm pulling for spend 10 or more years in prison.

  • barbstillkickin Mar 1, 2012

    Wonder what illness he will come up with then. More of our well paid tax money at work. Thank you North Carolina Justice system.