Source: John Edwards has life-threatening heart condition
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is seeking a delay in his upcoming trial on campaign finance charges.
January 13th, 2012
02:59 PM ET

Source: John Edwards has life-threatening heart condition

A federal judge has disclosed that former presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition, a court source told CNN.

Attorneys for Edwards were in a North Carolina courtroom Friday seeking a delay in his criminal corruption trial, scheduled to begin this month. The attorneys also sought a delay last month, saying Edwards had an unspecified medical issue.

Edwards - a former U.S. senator from North Carolina who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008 - was indicted in June on six counts including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He pleaded not guilty.

If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.5 million.

In September, the trial was delayed until January 30 after Edwards' attorneys said he needed more time, in part due to his position as the sole caretaker of his two youngest children, ages 11 and 13, after his wife, Elizabeth, passed away in December 2010.

A chief issue in the upcoming trial is whether money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by the then-candidate's benefactors should have been considered campaign donations, a contention Edwards' team has disputed. They maintain the money was a gift to Hunter.

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  1. Brenda Millias

    Sorry I feel this way, John E. has been deceptive and devious before at the cost of a friends career, personal life, his own family and the entiire country, can we trust he's not repeating history !!!

    January 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    A man disgraced, who has fallen from grace is locked in a prison of his own making . I think justice can wait a few months for their pound of flesh!

    January 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Good post tony.I think your a good man

    January 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Edwards Reality Check

    How can John Edwards have a heart condition when he has NO heart? RIP Elizabeth.

    January 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Granny


    January 15, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. claude mcclinton

    what goes around comes around , if its the truth

    January 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FleshWund

    How dare you call JFK a cheat? only thing he cheated upon was some trim, not our pocketbooks or trust.
    This guy is a shill, a lying sack of steamy dogchit. He will get his one day if not soon, but it will come.. Hopefully if he does have a serious condition he will drop dead, then people will know he wasn't lying again.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tango216

    John Edwards says he has to take care of his young chirdren, so don't put him in jail.

    Just an excuse to avoid facing the music.

    I thought that Elizabeth put their adult daughter in charge of the younger ones. In her will.

    Not the creepy John.

    January 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan Walter

    I think Johns Edwards should get the care he deserves. Send him to Johns Hopkins Cardiology:

    January 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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