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John Edwards campaign finance trial delayed

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge has delayed ex-Sen. John Edwards’s criminal trial on campaign finance charges until January.

In a motion filed last month, the two-time presidential candidate’s lawyers said the trial’s scheduled October start wouldn’t give them enough time to study over 400,000 pages of discovery materials turned over by the government.

An order signed by a US District Court judge and filed on Thursday grants that motion. It says that federal prosecutors agreed to a “reasonable” delay.

Edwards was charged in June with using about $1 million in under-the-table payments from political supporters to hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter during his 2008 run. He’s also charged with helping to falsify campaign finance reports to cover up the payments.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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