Politico on November 16, 2011 released the following:
“The criminal trial of former Senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards of North Carolina will get underway at the end of January, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles, who sits in Greensboro, set Jan. 30 for the beginning of jury seleciton in the case, with the first evidence in the case to be presented two weeks later on Feb. 13.
Edwards is charged with violating campaign finance law during his 2008 presidential bid by conspiring to use about $900,000 in funds from two political supporters to cover the living expenses of his mistress and a child he fathered with her. Edwards, who pled not guilty, is also accused of causing false reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Edwards’s lawyers have argued that the case is unprecedented and is based on a radical interpretation of campaign finance law that the former senator could not have foreseen. However, last month, Eagles refused defense motions seeking to throw out the charges.”
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