Judge Sets Start Of John Edwards Trial For Jan. 30

A federal judge has set the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards to begin Jan. 30, a week earlier than the date prosecutors and defense lawyers had sought.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles signed an order Tuesday setting the schedule for Edwards' trial on charges of campaign finance violations at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

Edwards is accused of asking two wealthy campaign donors to provide nearly $1 million in secret payments used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic Party's nomination for the White House in 2007 and 2008.

Edwards says he knew nothing of the checks, cash and private jets used to fly the woman, Rielle Hunter, across the country and put her up in luxury homes and hotels


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Federal prosecutors and lawyers for former presidential candidate John Edwards are asking that his criminal trial on illegal campaign contribution charges start a month later than previously expected.

Thursday's joint motion in North Carolina proposes that jury selection begin Feb. 6. The trial was expected to start in January.

A judge did not immediately rule, but such requests are not unusual.

Edwards is accused of asking two wealthy campaign donors to provide nearly $1 million in secret payments used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic Party's nomination for the White House in 2007 and 2008.

Edwards says he knew nothing of the checks, cash and private jets used to fly the woman, Rielle Hunter, across the country and put her up in luxury homes and hotels.


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  • by lyle with style Location: fremont on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:43 PM
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 18, 2011 at 05:07 AM in reply to lyle with style
      Pyle with lyl, so democrats should not be charged with crimes since they are so clean? Please do us all a favor and never vote again. Its obvious from the ignorance of your post, you have no idea. Just another libterd in the libterdial pool of foolish posters....
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    Another Tarheel alum in the news, remember this is the guy Dean Smith and Roy Williams supported, the Carolina Way continues...
  • by /Kimo Location: Belhaven on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    As a matter of curiosity, why is this article listed in the WITN breakdown under "Politics" instead of "Crime"??
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      by Mr. H on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:15 AM in reply to /Kimo
      Whats the difference they go hand in hand.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Nov 17, 2011 at 03:35 AM
    I feel sure ole Johnny will contract a incurable malicious disease that will leave him unhealthy enough to stand trial.... When the dust settles it will be a miracle because he will be suddenly cured. Remember when Rick Hendrick did that after the bribery, embezzlement, and fraud he was charged with over the vehicle scam - the main one Honda if I am right.... He did the same thing ----- Judge finally ruled him not heathy enough for trial ---- things got quiet ---- he got better---- fit as a fiddle now. Don't get me wrong I like Hendrick, just funny how money can sometimes outweigh the "Scales of Justice".
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      by Mr. H on Nov 17, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to Shine
      That is why we call it the Criminal Justice System and not the Victims Justice System. You need to be a criminal to have all the really good rights. Just something to think about.
  • by I Fought the Law on Nov 17, 2011 at 03:10 AM
    What a joke from our lame useless good-for-noting "justice" system. It's been 3-4 years since the allegations and the "judge" sets a court date.....and sets it for close to 3 months away. Johnny will be in a rest home before he ever sees a jury.
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      by I Fought the Law on Nov 17, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to I Fought the Law
      And the same rule (or lack there of) applies to Mike Sleasley and his dirty real estate dealings that have never been fully dealt with.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 11, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Just another fine example of presidential hopefulls for the DNC. They sure do pick fine examples to represent them.
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