Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Judge in John Edwards Trial Says Central Witness Contacted Other Witnesses Judge in John Edwards Trial Says Central Witness Contacted Other Witne...

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Politics

Judge in John Edwards Trial Says Central Witness Contacted Other Witnesses

A federal judge said on Monday that Andrew Young, a former aide to John Edwards at the center of a criminal prosecution against the former presidential candidate, contacted other witnesses in the case to find out how they would testify, according to the Associated Press.

(PICTURES: Political Sex Scandals)

 

AP reported that U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles said that Young might have violated federal law when he contacted three other witnesses during the past two weeks. Prosecutors are allowed to mention the contact, she said, but they are forbidden from using the term “witness tampering.”

The revelation came on the opening day of the Edwards trial, which has captured national attention for the sensational circumstances surrounding the onetime Democratic leader’s behavior and the implications that it might carry for campaign finance law.

Edwards is accused of scheming to use nearly $1 million from two political donors to hide his then-pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, during his 2008 presidential campaign.

 

Young, a former top adviser to Edwards, once claimed, at Edwards's request, to be the father of Hunter’s child. But he later turned against Edwards, writing a scathing book that detailed his former boss’s affair while his wife battled cancer.

Comments
comments powered by Disqus
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL
 
 
 
 
Make your Election Night headquarters.
See more ▲
 
Hide