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Shortly before Christmas, Edwards’ defense team asked for a delay in his trial, which is set to begin with jury selection Jan. 30. In seeking the delay, the attorneys cited an undisclosed medical condition afflicting the former U.S. presidential candidate that was hampering his abilities to prepare for trial.

The lawyers also cited the sheer volume of documents and other information gathered by prosecutors in the case as another reason to seek the delay. Edwards’ defense team declined to elaborate on the medical condition. Details were filed under seal.

Edwards, 58, is accused of violating campaign finance laws by secretly obtaining and using contributions from two wealthy supporters to hide his mistress and her pregnancy from the public during his unsuccessful bid for president in 2008.

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