Judge sets April trial in Ed­wards case

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GREENS­BORO | The de­layed cam­paign-fi­nance trial of for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John Ed­wards is now sched­uled to be­gin in April.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Cather­ine C. Ea­gles ruled Thurs­day in Greens­boro that jury se­lec­tion will be­gin April 12, with the pre­sen­ta­tion of ev­i­dence to start April 23. Judge Ea­gles ex­pects the trial to last about six weeks.

Mr. Ed­wards has pleaded not guilty to fed­eral charges of us­ing cam­paign money to cover up an af­fair dur­ing his un­suc­cess­ful 2008 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy.

Judge Ea­gles also heard ar­gu­ments on whether ex­pected tes­ti­mony by for­mer Ed­wards aide An­drew Young and oth­ers should be ad­mis­si­ble. Judge Ea­gles said she would make a decision on those is­sues dur­ing the trial. hopeful Mitt Rom­ney, who has said the gov­ern­ment should not have used tax­payer money to res­cue Gen­eral Mo­tors and Chrysler.

Mr. Clin­ton said Mr. Rom­ney’s fa­ther would be “turn­ing over in his grave.” The el­der Rom­ney was chief ex­ec­u­tive at Amer­i­can Mo­tors and a for­mer gov­er­nor of Michi­gan.

Mr. Obama vig­or­ously de­fended the bailout when he ad­dressed the au­towork­ers ear­lier this week.

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