Edwards' criminal trial set for October

Posted July 14, 2011

— A federal judge on Thursday set an October trial date for former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on campaign finance charges.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Tilley put the status of the trial in prosecutors' hands, saying the the trial could be pushed back if they are slow to turn evidence in the case over to Edwards' attorneys.

Defense lawyers had sought a January trial date.

A grand jury last month indicted Edwards on six felony charges related to money that was used to cover up his affair and child with Rielle Hunter, a videographer who chronicled his 2008 presidential campaign.

Federal prosecutors say Edwards accepted $900,000 in contributions from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Texas banker Fred Barron – far above the legal limit – and filed filing false campaign finance reports to hide the donations.

Edwards has maintained that the contributions were gifts and didn't need to be reported. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Edwards attended Thursday's court hearing, as did lawyers for Hunter.

Tilley said he was surprised at the slow movement of the case and that it was time to push it forward.

Edwards walks into court Edwards' criminal trial set for October

Prosecutors have over 300,000 pages of evidence in the case, including financial documents and emails. The defense still hasn't received 20,000 documents, and prosecutors said the civil suit between Hunter and former Edwards aide Andrew Young has complicated the release of some records.

Hunter sued Young last year to regain possession of some photos and videos, including a purported sex tape showing her with Edwards. She said Young stole the materials, while he claims that she abandoned them after moving from a rented house in Chatham County.

A judge filed an order in that case restricting who could see certain records involved in the dispute.

Edwards' lawyers also noted during the hearing that they're having some technical difficulties with some of the files that have been turned over.


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  • quaten Jul 15, 2011

    Simply, wow. Can't wait.

  • lkanzig Jul 15, 2011

    seriously?? is there nothing more important than to bust this guy for campaign issues?? way to waste tax payers money and the courts time on this worthless case!

  • wildcat Jul 15, 2011

    He is a nothing now!!

  • wildcat Jul 15, 2011

    What do his parents think of him now?

  • wildcat Jul 15, 2011

    Edwards needs to wipe that smile off his face. He is not going to get out of this one. He should pay and dearly. I guess by now his hometown Robbins is very disappointed in the pretty boy.

  • tommybrownnc Jul 15, 2011

    If anyone thinks he's innocent, just remember this: He was negotiating a plea (admitting guilt), when the government's deal turned out to be too harsh for Mr. Edwards. So, now he's rolling the dice with a jury AND claiming he's innocent. Hope he goes to prison.

  • anonrater Jul 15, 2011

    DontLikeTHeSocialistObame said—“If he was using the campaign donations to hide his mistress and love child from Elizabeth, it doesn't break the law.” The problem is, he did not declare this money as a campaign contribution and if he had, the amount ($900.000 from two donors) would have made it an illegal contribution.

  • UNC006 Jul 15, 2011

    John Edwards please go away; you are a stain on humanity...

  • dontstopnow Jul 14, 2011

    WHO CARES??????? I just want this guy and his horrible life secrets to go away!!!

  • cindylouwho Jul 14, 2011

    The Eternal....God help NC if he becomes our governor. I think he has ruined his public image.