Judge in NC hears bid to delay John Edwards trial

January 13, 2012 - 4:55 AM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina will consider whether former presidential candidate John Edwards goes on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.

A hearing in Greensboro is scheduled for Friday. Lawyers say Edwards has an undisclosed medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend the trial if it begins as scheduled on Jan. 30. Edwards's team has requested a delay of at least two months.

Court records detailing the condition of the former Democratic U.S. senator have been kept under seal.

Prosecutors say they're ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run.

Edwards appeared healthy at a hearing last month.