Tentative October trial date set for John Edwards
Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards learned on Thursday that he could stand trial as early as October on charges he violated campaign finance laws to cover up an affair.
But at a federal court hearing in Greensboro, North Carolina, his lawyers said they may need more time to wade through and assess thousands of pages of documents gathered by prosecutors in the case.
Edwards was indicted on June 3 for using nearly $1 million in what prosecutors describe as illegal campaign funds to help cover up an extramarital affair he had with campaign worker Rielle Hunter while running for president in 2008.
He has pleaded not guilty to six federal charges including conspiracy, taking illegal campaign contributions and making false statements.