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Edwards’s campaign finance trial is delayed

September 9, 2011

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Former presidential candidate John Edwards’s trial on campaign finance charges has been delayed until January, giving his defense team the time it says it needs to review 400,000 pages of material turned over by the government.

The onetime North Carolina senator was charged in June with using about $1 million in under-the-table payments from political supporters to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, during his 2008 run. He is also charged with helping to falsify campaign finance reports to hide the payments. He has pleaded not guilty.

The former Democratic presidential candidate’s lawyers said the trial’s scheduled October start would not give them enough time to study the documents. They said they also must talk with 125 witnesses.

An order signed Wednesday by a federal judge granted the defense motion. The judge said no further continuance should be necessary.

— Associated Press

Romney is endorsed by another N.H. state senator Mitt Romney got another key endorsement yesterday in the most critical early state for his presidential campaign, New Hampshire.

State Senator Chuck Morse, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, cited the fiscal conservatism and experience of Romney, a Republican, in announcing his support.

‘‘With over 25 years of experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney has the skills needed to turn around our struggling economy, get our exploding deficits under control and put people back to work,’’ Morse said.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, praised Morse.

‘‘Chuck Morse has been a leader in the fight to cut spending, reduce taxes, and limit government in the Granite State,’’ Romney said. ‘‘Over the past year, he helped craft one of the most fiscally responsible state budgets in the country that has put New Hampshire on a path toward prosperity.’’

Morse was at the center of a difficult budget battle during the last legislative session that drew hundreds of protesters to the State House and at times pitted senators against House members over spending cuts.

The result was a budget that slashed state spending by about 10 percent over two years. Last week, Romney was endorsed by House majority leader D.J. Bettencourt. Other GOP state senators in his camp are Jack Barnes and majority leader Jeb Bradley.

— Shira Schoenberg