Edwards Perjury Trial Set For February Fourth

The head of a political action committee for North Carolina optometrists is scheduled to go on trial in February on four felony perjury charges.

Wake Superior Court Judge Don Stephens set the trial date for M.
Scott Edwards for February fourth. Edwards is accused of signing
false campaign finance reports in 2002 and 2003 for the North
Carolina State Optometric Society PAC.

The charges stem from a state Board of Elections investigation
that found optometrists had been sending incomplete checks to the
political action committee. Nearly seven-thousand dollars in these
checks ultimately went to the campaign of House Speaker Jim Black.
Edwards and Black have been friends for nearly 30 years.

Edwards attorney Stephen Smith says his client plans to plead
not guilty to the charges against him and believes he did nothing

A motions hearing is set for December fourth.