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Judge in Edwards case to reconsider trial motions

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MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The judge overseeing the John Edwards case will reconsider a pair of defense motions on whether the government tried the case in the right venue and whether prosecutors gathered evidence improperly.

A jury acquitted the former Democratic presidential candidate last week on one felony count of receiving illegal campaign contributions, but deadlocked on the remaining five counts. Federal officials are weighing whether to retry Edwards on the five unresolved charges.

US District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles has ordered new briefs on whether two of the charges should be tried in a different federal court and whether prosecutors played an improper role in a civil lawsuit over ownership of a sex tape of Edwards and his mistress.

If the judge sides with the defense, two of the charges would have to either be dismissed or tried elsewhere.

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Justice for the Rich

This case goes to prove that if you have the right amount of money, you can get away with anything from adultrey to emblezzment. Let the "little man" try this and watch a judge slap the max on him. I should know. I tried to save my home, and am now charged with emblezzment while my previous employer (a Wilmington, NC firm) withheld my last pay check. Maybe if I had had someone paying my bill I would not be in the position I am in. Where is the justice in that????