Edwards Has Deadly Heart Condition

    FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, center, leaves a federal courthouse with attorney Abbe Lowell, to right of Edwards, after a hearing in Greensboro, N.C.  Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that will make it difficult for him to attend his criminal trial over campaign finances. In a motion filed Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, Edwards' defense team asked a judge to delay the start of the trial, scheduled to begin Jan. 30, at least two months. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

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    A North Carolina judge on Friday delayed John Edwards’s trial due to a life-threatening heart condition. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles revealed that two cardiologists had appealed to delay the trial because Edwards needed a heart procedure, and starting the trial on Jan. 30 would “reduce its chance for success.” Eagles said the trial will begin on March 26. Court documents with more details about Edwards’s medical condition have been sealed. Edwards has been charged with violating campaign-finance laws and accused of using $1 million in campaign donations to pay off his mistress, Rielle Hunter, who was pregnant with his child.

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