John Edwards Asks to Delay Trial, Citing Illness

By: Michael Biesecker, Associated Press
By: Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

Raleigh, NC (AP) - Former presidential candidate John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed.

In a motion filed Thursday, Edwards' lawyers asked a federal judge to delay the start of the Jan. 30 trial for at least two months. They did not disclose his illness and filed sealed records with the court.

"The Defendant has a medical issue ... that will prevent a trial of this matter during the January 2012 Criminal Term," the motion says. "The failure to grant a continuance would be likely to result in a miscarriage of justice."

Members of the defense team could not immediately be reached for comment.

Federal prosecutors filed a separate motion opposing the delay, saying 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 run for the While House.

Edwards, a Democrat, denies knowingly violating the law and has pleaded not guilty.

The start date of the trial has already been put back once after Edwards said he needed more time to prepare his defense and attend his daughter's wedding.

Edwards appeared healthy last week at a pretrial hearing in the case.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Still living in the barn, my kids hate me on Dec 25, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    I could have had it all!
  • by wendy,brenda,terri,carla. Location: usa women on Dec 24, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    CREEP
  • by Darien Location: Tally on Dec 23, 2011 at 03:02 AM
    I think a doctor and now a judge has been bought off. I know, I know, this is hardly ever done in politics but it has been done. I say let his children judge and try him and then sentence him.
  • by Steve Location: Florida native/resident on Dec 22, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    I wonder if this hoodrat punk even has a soul? I think not. Was he considering the impact of an hoodrat' liason with the mother of his child(the staffer), the impact on her health as she was sick and in recovery and sick again? That was his wife he helped to dispatch to an early obituary because he was selfish! What a pile of s***?! Did she get a "delay" because you're sick you hoodrat? Thank the stars above, he was found-out, before he could try this again! Thanx.
  • by Neo on Dec 22, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    I know. He's has ED.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Dec 22, 2011 at 03:11 PM
    Suck it up John, You wimp. Its time to face the court....
    • reply
      by johnny on Dec 24, 2011 at 02:28 PM in reply to Jim
      i dont think john loves us anymore. he dont talk about global warming anymore.
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