Trial For John Edwards Delayed, Judge Has Cardiologist Letters

A federal judge says she has two letters from a cardiologist saying ex-presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery in February.

The letters were revealed during a hearing Friday to consider whether the 58-year-old ex-North Carolina Senator would go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.

Attorneys for Edwards were seeking a 60-day delay to allow time for Edwards to recover. The judge delayed the trial to March 26.

Edwards was in court at the judge's request, although doctors advised him to avoid travel and all court proceedings.

Prosecutors say they're ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run.


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A federal judge in North Carolina will consider whether former presidential candidate John Edwards goes on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.

A hearing in Greensboro is scheduled for Friday. Lawyers say Edwards has an undisclosed medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend the trial if it begins as scheduled on Jan. 30. Edwards's team has requested a delay of at least two months.

Court records detailing the condition of the former Democratic U.S. senator have been kept under seal.

Prosecutors say they are ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run.

Edwards appeared healthy at a hearing last month.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    is anybody else tied of hearing about John Edwards
  • by P on Jan 14, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    Do we really think if we were under the same circumstances a Judge would allow us to do this? Guess the lawyers and judges are accepting gifts!
  • by P on Jan 14, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    He has Wizard of Oz disease, no heart, no courage, no brain! He also followed the yellowed brick road.
  • by 40some on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
    So the letter says he has a cheating heart. Didn't know that was a condition.
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      by beachbunny on Jan 14, 2012 at 07:25 AM in reply to 40some
      Good One!!!
  • by non believer Location: nc on Jan 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    His condition is 'life threatening', but surgery is scheduled a month away???? You would think surgery would be in the next few days if the condition was life threatening.
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      by DIXIECHICK on Jan 14, 2012 at 04:44 AM in reply to non believer
      My thoughts exactly. It sounds like his attorney is trying to buy more time.
  • by yukon on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    you cant operate on a heart if you dont have one
  • by Anthony on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    And the judge took the bait. I am not surprised one bit.
  • by charles on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
    how ironic, the ambulance chaser being protected from the law by the people he abused in court.
  • by nonsense on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    This clown is full of bologna. He didn't show much respect with his wife and her life threatening condition. Tell the truth. Be a man and it will not cause too much stress on your poor weak heart. It's amazing that money can even buy purported letters from doctors.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    I know a man that was in law school at Wake Forest with him,he was a sleezeball then and a sleezeball now.
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