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. HowDroll

    Good riddance to him.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      You applauded his son having a heart condition? Seriously?

      January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      Dear "AJ,"

      Reading Comprehension; it's not just for breakfast anymore.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Learn how to read AJ nowhere in this news snippet does it mention his "son".

      January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      What kind of sick, partisan, heartless person mocks other people for having life-threatening conditions, regardless of whether you like/dislike them due to politics, or personal choices they've made? Choices you know nothing about other than what you read online?

      I don't like John Edwards as a person based on what I've read, but if your whole [Karma] idea is what you believe, don't you think that you may be giving yourself bad karma for this?

      January 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      Dear "Tommy,"

      Karma doesn't strike one down for pointing out the obvious.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kitty32504

    Looks like someone got hit by the "Karma Bus"!

    January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Tactless. His son had nothing to do with any criminal John did. Applauding ill on innocent parties makes you an @ss

      January 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southernsugar

      LOL Not nice, but true.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southernsugar

      John Edwards has heart disease, not his son.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      ...and got picked up by the Karma Ambulance to be taken to Karma General Hospital.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      AJ, what on earth are you talking about? Did you even read the article. This has nothing to do with Edward's son, the individual with the condition is the "former presidential candidate."

      January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjulaw

      AJ, obviously you cannot read. Nowhere does it say his son has a heart condition.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      What kind of sick, partisan, heartless person mocks other people for having life-threatening conditions, regardless of whether you like/dislike them due to politics, or personal choices they've made? Choices you know nothing about other than what you read online?

      I don't like John Edwards as a person based on what I've read, but if your whole [Karma] idea is what you believe, don't you think that you may be giving yourself bad karma for this?

      I posted this same thing to the person above you, and really I mean it towards you too. Build some character.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • fjb

      AJ– Edwards heart is one thing but geeez man- what is wrong with your brain– or lack thereof. Read boy read!!! Don't waste ur GED that took 7 tries for you to get.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • fjb

      Tommy
      Karma and Edwards - u jest
      Sooner Edwards is in hell the better

      January 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james

    Looking forward to details on this condition.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Whoa – he has a heart?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • HenryMiller

      Hey! I was going to say that!

      January 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mauidano

    His life threatening condition is called "jail".

    January 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • larrydavid

      +1

      January 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      Man, where's the "Like" button when you really need it?

      January 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MoMo

    It was clear from the way he treated his late wife and family that he has a heart-less condition. Karma???

    January 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sue

    @ AJ – Seriously? You can't read? It says John Edwards has the heart condition, not his son. But I agree it's not nice to applaud the fact.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marjen

    who's he?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. K

    I have zero sympathy for this guy. He deserves every ounce of pain he gets. Karma is a biotch, isn't it?
    Would definitely like to see him be humiliated and suffer through his trial though.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kerumbo

    Yeah, too much pork will do that to you.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      Priceless.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mark

    Who would believe this FAKE Freak!! After the things he did to his wife, he should not be shown any sympothy.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stacie

    How convienent to come up with a heart problem just before his corruption trial!!

    How many doctors did he have to see before he found one that considers years of eating fast food as a "serious heart proplem"??

    January 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Holy Cow

    HEY AJ..."A federal judge has disclosed that former presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition" where do you see son???? DDDOOOOOCHEBAG

    January 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert Figueroa

    Even your heart don't like you!

    January 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cathy

    Boo hoo hoo....karma got ya, huh John? I'm sure your wife doesn't want your sorry butt in heaven any time soon, but rot in peace ... took long enough but you finally got what you deserve!

    January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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