John Edwards testimony in sex tape case delayed

The 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee has pleaded not guilty.

Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 23:21 PM IST

Raleigh: Former presidential candidate John Edwards will not have to testify
in a case involving a purported sex tape with his mistress
until after criminal charges against him are resolved.

Judge Carl Fox ruled today that it was necessary in
the interest of justice to delay a deposition of the two-time
presidential candidate. Fox says the stakes are too high to
risk violating Edwards` right against self-incrimination.

Edwards says the case should wait for the outcome of a
federal indictment on charges of violating campaign finance
laws. The 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee has
pleaded not guilty.

In the tape lawsuit, former mistress Rielle Hunter
contends that former Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young
improperly took from her sensitive materials, including a
reputed sex tape showing Edwards. She wants the items
returned.

PTI