TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Apr 23, 2012

A key prosecution witness in the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards contacted other witnesses in the case to ask about their planned testimony, a possible violation of federal law, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles said today. She said that former Edwards aide Andrew Young called the three other witnesses in the last two weeks. Eagles ruled that lawyers for Edwards could mention the improper contact to jurors in opening arguments today, but barred them from using the term "witness tampering" or telling the jury that Young had a one-night stand with one of the other witnesses in 2007. The Associated Press has more. Jurors were seated as the trial began today in Greensboro NC. Also, the judge ordered a former speech writer for the two-time presidential candidate to turn over any drafts of books or articles involving Edwards and other key players in his case.