John Edwards' health issue will delay trial: source

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Posted: Jan 13, 2012 4:28 PM
John Edwards' health issue will delay trial: source

(Reuters) - Former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards has a medical issue that will delay his criminal trial on charges of flouting campaign finance laws to cover-up an affair with a mistress who bore his child, a legal source said on Friday.

The 58-year-old former presidential hopeful is accused of secretly accepting more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to help cover-up an extramarital affair and a child conceived with a videographer working for his 2008 presidential campaign.

In December, Edwards' lawyers asked for a two-month postponement of his trial, citing in part an undisclosed "medical issue."

The legal source, who asked not to be identified because the person was not authorized to speak to the press, said Edwards has a medical issue that requires monitoring and treatment and will delay his trial until March 26 at the earliest. The source declined to disclose the medical issue.

But the source said media reports that the condition would require surgery in February were "not accurate."

Edwards' lawyers have provided the judge presiding in the case with details of Edwards' medical issue. The document is under seal at a federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina.

(Reporting by James Kelleher; Editing by Greg McCune)