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Tentative October trial date set for John Edwards

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By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) -- A judge has tentatively scheduled an October trial for former presidential candidate John Edwards.

The ex-US senator is charged with six felony counts involving how money was spent during his unsuccessful campaign for president. Prosecutors say Edwards accepted contributions above the legal limit to hide an affair and filed false campaign finance reports.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers are arguing for a January trial, saying they still do not have all of the documents they want from prosecutors. They also say it is taking longer than expected to go over the documents they do have.

Edwards attended the hearing but did not speak to reporters.

District Court Judge Carlton Tilley said Thursday that another judge will be assigned if the trial is held in October.

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

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