John Edwards Diagnosed with Heart Condition; Trial Delayed for Surgery
A federal judge has delayed former North Carolina senator John Edwards’ upcoming trial on charges of ethics violations so that the one-time presidential candidate can undergo surgery for a potentially life-threatening condition.
He’ll go under the knife in February.
The drama began when Edwards suffered a heart attack scare in November, the National Enquirer reported last month.
“John fell apart in front of a pal after returning from a jog and was afraid hed die. His heart began pounding and he was having labored breathing. He had many symptoms of a major heart attack, so he asked his friend to rush him to his doctor.
An insider added:
John has been very depressed with theupcoming trial and particularly down in the dumps with the holiday season and his young children having to deal with the first anniversary of his wifes death on Dec. 7.”
The cardiologist treating Edwards has submitted two letters to the court detailing his condition. The letters were revealed during a hearing Friday to consider whether the 58-year-old would be able to go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.
Edwards’ attorneys were seeking a 60-day delay to allow the scandal-scarred politician time to recover. Doctors have advised him to avoid travel and all court proceedings. The judge delayed the Jan. 30 trial start date until March 26.
Prosecutors will try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts stemming for allegations that he used nearly $ 1 million earmarked for his scrapped 2008 run for the White House to help hide his pregnant mistress.
The National Enquirer was nearly award a Pulitzer Prize after it exposed John’s illicit extramarital affair with his campaign videographer Rielle Hunter — and the birth of their subsequent love child — in a series of blockbuster exclusives.
Edwards has plead not guilty to charges of conspiracy and campaign law violations.
The judge did not provide any additional details about his condition.