John Edwards' Federal Trial Scheduled For April

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The federal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards is now scheduled to begin in April.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles ruled Thursday in Greensboro that jury selection will begin April 12, with the presentation of evidence to start April 23. Eagles expects the trial to last about six weeks.

A planned January start date was delayed while Edwards was treated for a heart condition. Eagles says his health problems are now manageable.

Eagles also heard arguments over whether expected testimony by former Edwards aide Andrew Young and others should be admissible. Eagles said Tuesday she would make a decision on those issues during the trial.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use campaign donations to hide his pregnant mistress during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidacy.


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