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. sandi

    I guess what goes around comes around, I really think it's a ploy to stay out of jail, his heart was bumping just fine when he ran around on is dying wife and made a baby. If I was looking at 30 years I wonder if my trial would be delayed. What do you think? NOT!!!!!!

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

      YEP, I was thinking the same thing. Couldn't have said it better.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ramflies

      Q. How can you tell is Edwards is lying?

      A. His lips are moving.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandy

    Well that's a new one, I'll keep that one in my back pocket!!

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

    Heck, with the charges against him he should have heart problems, but he looks very healthy.

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

    life-threatening heart condition – caused by inhaling too much hair spray

    January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MomCat

    "Heart condition"??? John Edwards HAS no heart.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. idont know

    well what about every other person everybody else can go thru a trial and get a sentence.. so what makes him any different ? its a heart condition so what? they have dr's in prison ask for them to treat him too just another body to them....he is not special ...so y treat him that way...

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

    Seriously, don't we all have "life-threatening heart conditions"?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JustinK

    Clever man, he's trying to die his way out of the trial. Tactical stuff...

    January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nathan

    Cue the death-wishers...:

    January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. daveinla

    This guy has a heart?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brown

    Judge betther check that excuse out, how can JE have a heart condition when he already proved he doesn't have one?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. larrydavid

    This is the Democrat who received $300 haircuts and banged fluzies behind his dying wife's back, no? Edwards, Rangel, Blago, Weiner, Jefferson, Dodd, ........

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

    The real news will be if CNN can find a politician who isn't crooked.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. O.T.

    You reap what you sow, which is too bad for Edwards.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    What is wrong with all you idiots that can't read and keep thinking this is about his son? Uhhh you can't pretend you're the high horse if you cant even read. The fact that several of you have made this mistake is terrifying. Please don't vote.

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