January 30th, 2012
12:03 AM ET

Former John Edwards aide faces contempt hearing

Andrew Young, a former aide to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, is scheduled to be back in court Monday to answer allegations that he, along with his wife and attorneys, violated a protective order sealing information in a civil lawsuit filed by Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter.

Hunter filed a motion in Edwards' home state of North Carolina requiring the Youngs and their attorneys to state why they should not be held in criminal contempt of court for allegedly violating the protective order filed in November 2010 by state Superior Court Judge Carl Fox.

Hunter alleges the accused parties provided investigators in a federal corruption probe with documents - including sealed depositions - that were covered under the order. The Youngs' attorneys have said they were following orders from a federal judge.

Superior Court Judge Michael R. Morgan will preside over the contempt matter in Orange County because Fox recused himself from the contempt hearing.

Morgan will determine whether the Youngs and their attorneys should be found in contempt of court.

If convicted, Young and the others could face punishments including 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Booby Trap

    Ah, The Booby Trap is firsty! As for anyone involved with John Ed, may you become out of luck, as he is a big jerk.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Who knew one had to have a hearing on contempt?
    I've had nothing but contempt for John Edwards and his band of merry liars for a while now...

    January 30, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tcr c2

    @ banasy... Go get them ,sick em banasy i cant stand edwards anyways

    January 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |