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. Jerry

    Is this kinda like the "Lockerbie Bomber" only has weeks to live?

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

    Yeah, it's two sizes too small.

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

    I didn't think this guy had a heart. Where did they find it?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Edward

    As they say what comes around goes around

    January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fjb

    Come on man!
    Does anyone believe anything this sleaze ball plaintiff laywer says
    God– I pray he has a bad heart. The sooner this heartless trash dies the better the world will be

    January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lcg123

    Guess what? We're all dying, it's called PART OF LIFE! That doesn't mean we get a free pass to break the law.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big George in Big D

      Amen, brother!!! His wonderful wife was dying and what a great person she was! He 's a piece of trash with no heart at all so, ON WITH THE TRIAL!

      January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. svscnn

    Too funny.

    Guess it's time for his current squeeze to start looking for a new, long-term lover.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    Life threatening condition = JAIL

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

    I wonder how much he paid for that diagnosis?

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

    KARMA Anyone? Edwards got his dose...P.S. Politicians, Do onto others....

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

    BREAKING NEWS: AJ can't read.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ....

    @AJ – Learn to read: "A federal judge has disclosed that former presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition...". The article never even mentions his son.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Drew

    Well his wife had a life-threatening condition and he didn't spare her any grief when he cheated on her and publicly humiliated her and then abandoned her and their children while she was DYING so no, I feel ZERO sympathy for him... ZERO. I am still disgusted with myself for voting for him twice in 2004... if any of the rest of us 'normies' had a heart condition we would not be spared from the courts or prisons so why should he?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kelly

    The comments about him not having a heart are to be expected, deservedly so.
    The only importance to any of us is the possibility that this immoral man could have become president and might have been blackmailed about his private life which could have had a very serious outcome for the country.

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

      Good observation. Especially given his history of caving to blackmail.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jack

    I wonder how much this judge got paid.

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