Edwards' criminal case delayed to July

Posted June 21, 2011

— A speedy resolution to John Edwards' legal troubles became less likely Tuesday when a federal judge postponed until July a conference with attorneys to schedule the former presidential candidate's criminal case.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Tilley said he wants an agreement first on which of the 300,000 documents will be released by prosecutors to defense lawyers and when that will happen before even thinking about scheduling a trial date.

"I encourage you to release everything," Tilley told prosecutors. "Let's get busy. Let's start turning stuff over."

Edwards accompanied his lawyers to the hearing, but apart from greeting reporters outside the building, he didn't speak or respond to questions about the case. One of his lawyers, James Cooney, also declined to comment.

Edwards pleaded not guilty this month to six felony charges related to money that went to hide Rielle Hunter, a videographer who followed his 2008 presidential campaign and later became his mistress and the mother of his child.

Federal prosecutors say Edwards accepted contributions far above the legal limit in order to hide his affair, and helped in trying to cover up the payments by filing false campaign finance reports.

Edwards has maintained that the contributions were gifts and didn't need to be reported.

It's not clear exactly what the thousands of documents contain, and Edwards' lawyers said they couldn't proceed until they knew what prosecutors will be using.

"We're kind of buying a pig in a poke to a certain extent when we're negotiating on this," Cooney said.

Also up in the air is a trial date. Prosecutors want it in October, while Edwards' lawyers want January. Tilley said it was too soon to think about that.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon told the judge the lawyers are close to an agreement on the documents. But prosecutors want to make sure nothing happens that would "bother" their planned witnesses.

"Many of the witnesses are well-known individuals," Higdon said.

The next hearing is scheduled for the third week of July.


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  • jaydosse Jun 22, 2011

    He needs a haircut and his hairdresser must be out of town until July...Oh well..

  • ohmygosh Jun 22, 2011

    Yes, John Edwards did do something to me. He neglected the interests of NC. He went to congress to represent NC and was never there for any votes. He was off campaigning for ego sake.

  • Gabbee Jun 21, 2011

    Justice is coming John Edwards!

  • surfnturf27 Jun 21, 2011

    How will the Two Year Investigation into John Edwards affair be paid for??? Are WE the Taxpayers paying??? Was it donated by the state?> Will TWO TIME Candidated Edwards Pay for it? The citizens of the state deserve to know!!

  • pappybigtuna1 Jun 21, 2011

    reading all the blogs, I am back woods country, can not seem to find what all the hate is about John Edwards. Did John do something personal to each of you.
    Is it because of the weakness of the flesh?
    Did not commit adultry with any of you.
    Supporting his child, not a dead-beat dad.
    Is it because in NC, folks don't have affairs?

  • surfnturf27 Jun 21, 2011

    Just WHO is going to pay for "A TWO YEAR INVESTIGATION" of John Edwards???? Was it Free? or just Gratis from the State to "Two Timer" Candidate Edwards. I Really would rather my tax dollars go to something beneficial!

  • Karmageddon Jun 21, 2011

    Hopefully he'll lose his law license and won't be able to go back to getting rich with frivolous lawsuits

  • BrightLight Jun 21, 2011

    Actually, tar97heel, here's the inside lowdown: Michael Decker switched from Republican to Democrat so he could do the bad stuff without his conscience bothering him.

  • yourwish Jun 21, 2011

    When will this guy go away? Never trusted him since the first day I saw him.

  • tar97heel Jun 21, 2011

    "As for as democrat name calling, in North Carolina it is pretty much all democrats because they have been in power for 100 years. No republican in North Carolina had enough clout or power to get into anything illegal."
    GOLO member since October 3, 2007
    June 21, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Uhh.......what about Michael Decker just a few years ago, in the Jim Black debacle? How easily we forget...a Republican who switched parties to get in on the action...