Edwards lawyers seek leeway in questioning Young
By MICHAEL BIESECKER
GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal trial of John Edwards to limit how much evidence can be introduced from the recent legal fight over ownership of a sex tape featuring the former candidate.
Both sides agreed at a pre-trial hearing Monday that the intimate video made by Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter should not be shown to jurors deciding whether the Democrat is guilty of campaign finance violations.
However, Edwards’s defense team says they should be free to question former campaign aide Andrew Young about inconsistent testimony he gave after Hunter sued him in state court to regain possession of the tape. Young is expected to be a key witness against his former boss.
Edwards’s trial is set to begin April 12. He has pleaded not guilty.
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