Case involving Edwards aide delayed

Former aide to John Edwards, Andrew Young, left waits at the Chatham County courtroom in Pittsboro, N.C., Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 for a hearing over over a "private" videotape authored by the candidate's mistress. (Jim R. Bounds)

January 30, 2012 7:53:36 AM PST
An Orange County judge has delayed a hearing into whether a former aide to John Edwards should be held in contempt.

Andrew Young, his wife and their lawyers face jail time for providing confidential documents from a state civil case to federal officials prosecuting the two-time presidential candidate. A hearing was scheduled for Monday in Hillsborough.

That hearing has now been continued. Judge Michael Morgan postponed Monday's hearing to a date to be determined so a new prosecutor can be assigned to the case.

Former Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter sued the Youngs last year to recover personal items that include a purported sex tape she recorded with Edwards as he sought the White House.

Transcripts of a deposition Edwards gave in the civil case and other sensitive documents were placed un under seal in state court. But lawyers for the Youngs later admitted providing that sealed evidence to federal criminal investigators, saying they were complying with a secret federal subpoena.

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