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Quarter of jury pool disqualified in Edwards case

Posted April 16, 2012

— A federal judge on Monday dismissed 47 of 185 potential jurors from the trial of John Edwards, many because they said they couldn't fairly weigh evidence involving the former Democratic presidential candidate.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles based the disqualifications on the responses to written questionnaires the jury pool submitted last week. In addition to people who said they had made up their minds about Edwards' guilt or innocence, people were dismissed for religious or health reasons or because serving on the six-week trial would be an economic hardship.

The remaining prospective jurors will return to the federal courthouse in Greensboro on Tuesday to undergo further questioning by Eagles.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to secret payments from wealthy campaign donors used to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, as he sought the White House in 2008.

The money came from Edwards' national campaign finance chairman, the late Texas lawyer Fred Baron, and campaign donor Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, an heiress and socialite who is now 101 years old. Both had already given Edwards' campaign the maximum $2,300 individual contribution allowed by federal law.

Edwards maintains the money was personal gifts and not contributions to his campaign.

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A Monday afternoon hearing on an attempt to quash a subpoena from Edwards' defense team was canceled after both sides worked out their differences.

Edwards wants information from Cary accountant David Harris regarding money former Edwards aide Andrew Young received for "The Politician," his tell-all book about the 2008 campaign and Edwards' affair.

Young, who initially claimed paternity of Hunter's daughter and helped shield her from the media, is expected to be a key witness for the prosecution in the trial.

The defense also has subpoenaed information from Wendy Button, a former Edwards speech writer. Eagles said she would take up an effort to quash that subpoena later in the week.

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  • driverkid3 Apr 17, 2012

    computer trainer:::John Boy wants to know how much Andrew Young made from the book?? Seriously? What business of it is his?? I doubt that Andrew will pay any bills for him.

    Andrew Young is not my favorite person, but I do think he has already paid a big price for being involved with outhouse edwards.

  • KnoxOverstreet III Apr 17, 2012

    "You just do not get it do you? My comment has little to do with Edwards. So he took a few liberties, so what? I wouldn’t recognize him if I was standing next to him and he certainly did me no harm. No, what gets me is how posters here feel the need to turn everything into a political debate. Heck, in the story about the errant Secret Service people some Yahoos here even referred them as “Obama’s Secret Service” like he had a thing to do with the running of the Secret Service. If Edwards walks the screaming masses here will go on a mega rant and I find reading such comments diverting. It tells me volumes about the posters. It also underscores the futility of the current jury system.
    piene2"

    It is kind of amusing,isn't it? Some of the comments are just too precious for words.

  • Icaretoo Apr 17, 2012

    The reason everyone wants him convicted has nothing to do with the charges against him. The legal issue and his personal life are separate under the eyes of the law, so unless you want him to be convicted for a legal matter concerning questionable use of contributions you should say nothing or at least keep to the issue at hand!!!! He has children who should not be reading this junk!

  • dontstopnow Apr 17, 2012

    As I have said on many occasions, this entire trial is a waste of taxpayer money. I don't care for the guy but since when is it a crime to be a terrible husband with immoral character? That is really what this is about.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 17, 2012

    The story clearly says “people were dismissed for religious or health reasons...”

    Therefore, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask...

    What kind of "religious reason" gets you disqualified from performing your civic duty as a U.S. citizen?

  • jgriffith3792 Apr 17, 2012

    They must have been part of the "other" America.

  • piene2 Apr 17, 2012

    “"I want him to be acquitted just so I can enjoy the screaming here."

    By all means. Please elaborate. Why would anyone have such an opinion on a federal case like this? You want him to win simply because he's a democrat liberal no mater what his quilt or innocence may be?
    Rabbitdog”

    You just do not get it do you? My comment has little to do with Edwards. So he took a few liberties, so what? I wouldn’t recognize him if I was standing next to him and he certainly did me no harm. No, what gets me is how posters here feel the need to turn everything into a political debate. Heck, in the story about the errant Secret Service people some Yahoos here even referred them as “Obama’s Secret Service” like he had a thing to do with the running of the Secret Service. If Edwards walks the screaming masses here will go on a mega rant and I find reading such comments diverting. It tells me volumes about the posters. It also underscores the futility of the current jury system.

  • NCHighlander Apr 16, 2012

    "I want him to be acquitted just so I can enjoy the screaming here."

    By all means. Please elaborate. Why would anyone have such an opinion on a federal case like this? You want him to win simply because he's a democrat liberal no mater what his quilt or innocence may be?

  • NCHighlander Apr 16, 2012

    Ah, two America's anyone!!

  • piene2 Apr 16, 2012

    "I want him to be acquitted just so I can enjoy the screaming here.
    KnoxOverstreet III"

    Oh, the righteous indignation that will pour forth. It would indeed be glorious.

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