Trial delayed for John Edwards


Former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has been given more time to prepare his defense against charges that he broke the law in hiding his affair with a former campaign aide. Edwards faces six felony charges, including conspiracy, accepting illegal campaign contributions, and making a false statement related to money he accepted from political benefactors.

One of the charges relates to Edwards using money to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer he impregnated. Because the money was used to protect his public image, prosecutors say it should count as a donation to his campaign, and thus a criminal misuse of funds. Edwards has argued the money should be considered a personal gift, as it was aimed at hiding the affair from his wife and family. The trial is now scheduled for January.


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