Tentative October trial date set for John Edwards

Former presidential candidate John Edwards, right, leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Wade Smith, left, in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (Chuck Burton)
July 14, 2011 1:17:44 PM PDT
A judge tentatively scheduled an October trial for former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Edwards was in Greensboro Thursday for the hearing. He is charged with six felony counts involving how money was spent during his campaign for president.

Last month, Edwards and his defense team appeared in a federal court to talk with prosecutors about evidence and motions in preparation for trial on charges of campaign finance law violations. The judge delayed the case because he wanted prosecutors and defense attorneys to come to an agreement about how and when documents would be released before going further.

Prosecutors say the former U.S. senator accepted contributions above the legal limit to hide an affair and filed false campaign finance reports.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers are arguing for a January trial, saying they still do not have all of the documents they want from prosecutors. They also say it is taking longer than expected to go over the documents they do have.

Edwards attended the hearing but did not speak to reporters.

Prosecutors say they are prepared to turn over 300,000 pages of discovery to the Edwards legal team, which will likely happen as soon as a protective order is in place.

District Court Judge Carlton Tilley said Thursday that another judge will be assigned if the trial is held in October.

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