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RALEIGH — A North Carolina prosecutor said Monday he wouldn’t pursue contempt charges against an ex-aide to John Edwards related to a court fight over a video purported to show the ex-presidential candidate having sex with his former mistress.

A state judge in June assigned District Attorney Jim Woodall to weigh whether to pursue criminal charges against Andrew Young, his wife and two of their lawyers.

The contempt charges were tied to a lawsuit filed against the Youngs by Rielle Hunter, who was Mr. Edwards’ mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. The state court ordered sensitive documents in the lawsuit to be kept under seal, including a lengthy deposition given by Mr. Edwards.

Mr. Young and his lawyers acknowledged providing those documents to federal prosecutors investigating Mr. Edwards prior to his 2011 indictment, but said they did so only after receiving a subpoena signed by a federal judge. Attorneys for the Youngs said they were asked by prosecutors to keep the subpoena a secret from Ms. Hunter and her lawyers.

A judge found that created probable cause that the four had acted in contempt of the court’s order.

But Mr. Woodall determined “there is insufficient evidence to sustain a criminal prosecution in this matter beyond a reasonable doubt.” The lead prosecutor for a two-county district that includes Chapel Hill, where both the Youngs and Mr. Edwards live, said the case would be dismissed.

Raleigh lawyer Philip R. Isley did not immediately return a call seeking comment. He represents Andrew Young, his wife, Cheri, and their lawyers Robert Elliot and David Pishko.


First lady heads back to TV on Leno’s stage

BURBANK — Michelle Obama is headed back to Jay Leno’s stage.

NBC announced Monday that the first lady will make her third appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Aug. 13 to talk about the London Olympics and life with President Obama and their children at the White House.

On her last stopover, in January, the first lady promoted her “Let’s Move!” campaign to get children excited about fitness and healthy eating habits.

She managed to persuade vegetable-hating Mr. Leno to nibble on apples, sweet-potato fries and a pizza made with eggplant, green peppers and zucchini.

In London, she played a little tennis with children, handed out some hugs and posed for photos with strapping athletes as she formally began her stint leading the U.S. Olympics delegation.


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