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Perjury allegation made against ex-Edwards aide

Posted April 14, 2010
Updated April 15, 2010

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— Chatham County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Wednesday that he has been asked to investigate a possible perjury charge against Andrew Young, a former aide to two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

Woodall declined to say who made the request.

Young has been embroiled in a lawsuit over a videotape that purportedly shows Edwards engaged in extramarital sex and photographs of him with his daughter by former campaign worker Rielle Hunter.

Hunter alleges that Young and his wife took the video she described as "very private and personal" and the photos from a house Young rented for her in Chatham County. She contends they wanted to the items to generate publicity for "The Politician," Young's tell-all book about Edwards' affair.

Four court hearings in the case were held in February and March, and Young surrendered copies of the sex tape and CDs filled with photos to a Superior Court judge who had threatened to jail him on a contempt of court charge. The items will be kept under seal until the lawsuit is resolved.

Woodall said he doesn't know how long a review of the matter would take to determine if a perjury charge is warranted. He noted that notes and court paperwork in the case were destroyed in a March 25 fire at the Chatham County Courthouse.

A federal grand jury in Raleigh is investigating whether campaign funds were illegally used to cover up Edwards' affair.

In a statement released Thursday, attorneys for Andrew Young and his wife said their clients  are open to any investigation and confident in its outcome.

"As the individuals involved know, perjury requires that the defendant have criminal intent and that the  mistake be material to the case. Any mistakes made by our clients were simple, honest mistakes quickly corrected, which resulted not from any criminal intent, but from the lapse of years before Ms. Hunter ever made a claim to materials she left behind as trash," the letter stated.

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  • Faceman Apr 15, 2010

    no comment..LOL

  • blytle Apr 15, 2010

    Leave Andrew Young alone and let this whole thing die a much-needed death!

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 15, 2010

    lies? from politicians? you must be kidding!

  • whocares Apr 15, 2010

    It's not nice to mess with Johnny Edwards. Although the article does not say who contacted the appropriate people to instigate this, we all know who it was.

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 15, 2010

    AMEN, mochabrown.

    I'm not surprised by this claim. Bring on the charges and get on with the trial.

  • mochabrown Apr 15, 2010

    I don't feel sorry for none of them. Andrew was and is a grown man. He knew he wasn't the father of the baby (when he knew he wasn't) and knew when John asked him to take the fall, HE should not have done it. I don't believe there was a gun to his head to do this. He did it for his own personal gain. And for Andrew's wife, she need to be careful; because she could find herself in Elizabeth's shoes of having her husband in affair with another woman. DON'T gloat.

  • alwayslovingu30 Apr 15, 2010

    Officer Ronda Lee also Puegered herslef but no one cares I have been working on it since 2007 an no one will touch her because she has A Badge why

  • WHEEL Apr 15, 2010

    So did SLICK WILLIE Clinton. See where it got him.

  • computer trainer Apr 15, 2010

    tangerine, The Breck Boy has no honor, not sure that he ever did.

    Andrew got caught up in this mess because of Johnny and Lizzy. By the time that he knew what was going on, they had already tainted his name. His book was QUITE insightful. What a BIG mess!

  • tangerine Apr 15, 2010

    I wouldn't begin to put Andrew Young on a pedestal; that said, I don't believe he deserves to be the scapegoat for the mess that John Edwards got himself in...If John Edwards had any honor left, he would put a stop to this. How bout it Johnny?

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