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Attorneys for former presidential candidate John Edwards asking the court to delay his corruption trial yet again this time.
He's asking for more time to take care of a medical problem not disclosed.
Edwards' lawyers have not said what the medical problem is federal prosecutors though filed around motion saying they are against the delay.
Edwards is accused of using nearly a million dollars in campaign cash to hide his mistress.
-- -- hunter -- during his 2008.
White House Ron Edwards denies it.
It's playing in our legal panel trial attorney Rosemarie Arnold and criminal defense attorney -- camera holder.
Look I've I've read through some of that documentation in the medical stuff and -- is sealed so we don't know that he would appear.
That one of -- -- it's not just medical here Rose -- but I mean the the the defense got dumped on them more than half a million documents.
Of them have really been quite recently.
And you've got to give the defense time to review that and to prepare to anticipate their defense.
Well the truth is that if you look at the motion they got these documents months and months ago they'd known about these witnesses for many many months.
It does seem that the medical is just an excuse at this point you know -- -- don't know that because you don't know what the medical condition and that's correct but if you look at the language in the motion.
It's about eight pages up well they sent those documents on this coming up to read them and they sent us documents and listening -- -- and by the way it is also a medical issue.
We don't know what it is but we do realize that varies.
A lot of stalling going on here this is the second time they they -- some time.
-- let me put -- let me put up on the screen some of the kinds of documents -- the -- -- got to go through.
And you know this is tough stuff look at this 364000.
Campaign emails 6500.
Telephone records 33.
Thousand financial records.
Almost 6000 pages of interviews 26 grand jury depositions lord knows how many pages those are 180 witness interviews.
-- look this guy's looking at thirty years behind bars if convicted due process demands does it not.
A fair opportunity to review all of this and make sure he's get a fair trial.
Absolutely and you also have to ask yourself what's reasonable is it reasonable to get.
The other party all of these thousands of documents.
And then -- expect them to be ready for trial but really the issue is.
Was this motion.
What is it was it a Y or or is it is there something really going on here.
-- sixty days for an extension isn't really a long period of time.
I really just hope that the -- here is being honest and there's some serious medical condition.
What Rosemont I would imagine debts somewhere in that -- documentation on the medical illness.
There's there's a doctor's note -- the very least if not medical records attached is evidence there to.
You -- the -- is going to be about reading that in his decision.
And you know they -- the issue here is is that it's really only a six month old indictment so even.
If he's asking for two months it's only gonna make it eight months by the time it gets to trial -- he's probably getting getting.
-- -- -- -- This is a fairly complex case when you get right down to it.
In consideration of the documents and -- the rather unique charges I'm not sure this kind of an indictment.
But these kinds of charges have ever been rendered in a court of law.
Well that's what makes these cases so difficult and I really think that the prosecution should be OK with the defense having.
A -- time to prepare I -- both Blagojevich trials they'll last over the course of years and there were hundreds of thousands.
Of conversations that were recorded.
Give the defense ample time especially because the feds say they have such a slam dunk case so so what's the problem here.
Now one other thing he's the primary caretaker we now know two young children so in addition to a medical condition that he may or may not have.
Now he's the father of two young kids who -- him he's got to do that plus prepare his own defense and so forth it's not easy.
-- aren't those X engine circumstances.
That merited delay Rose Marie.
Absolutely and -- holidays.
Because I'm lawyers don't always work on my holidays but he doesn't mention those in his motion papers he's not using that as an excuse I sent an email and made a phone called -- lol one of the principal attorneys for John Edwards I have not heard back yet but of course.
It's two days before Christmas perhaps understandable.
-- older Rosemarie Arnold you're gonna go back for a later legal segment thanks very much any political.
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