Judge deciding Edwards trial delay

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)

January 6, 2012 2:44:43 PM PST
A federal judge held a hearing Friday as attorneys for former presidential candidate John Edwards seek to delay the start of his trial for alleged campaign finance violations later this month.

The hearing was scheduled a day after lawyers for the former Democratic U.S. senator sought to seal documents describing what they call Edwards's "confidential medical condition." The information contained in the filing has been provided to prosecutors, Edwards's attorneys said.

Edwards' lawyers last month asked to delay the start of his Jan. 30 trial for at least two months, in part because they said Edwards has a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend the trial.

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 at a pretrial hearing in the case last month.

On Friday, Edwards' attorney Jim Cooney and a prosecutor arrived just before 2 p.m. and met with Judge Catherine Eagles. The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes and both sides left without comment.

Eagles has scheduled another hearing for Jan. 13.

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 denies knowingly violating the law and has pleaded not guilty.

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