- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina denied on Thursday an attempt by John Edwards to get criminal charges against him dismissed, clearing the way for a trial to begin next year.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles ruled in Greensboro that the federal government’s case against the former presidential candidate and U.S. senator can proceed.

Mr. Edwards‘ lawyers argued that the prosecution’s case relies on completely novel legal arguments, but Judge Eagles said it may be that the facts of the case itself are unique.

Mr. Edwards is charged with using campaign money to cover up an affair he had during his unsuccessful White House run and then submitting false campaign finance reports to cover his tracks. He has pleaded not guilty.

A trial is scheduled to begin next year.

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