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Judge orders John Edwards to answer questions about affair

Ned Barnett Yahoo! News Canada 05/01/2011 01:30
Judge orders John Edwards to answer questions about affair - John Edwards - USA - politics - law

Former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards must testify before a judge about his relationship with his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, a North Carolina judge ruled on Friday.

The private testimony will come during a deposition set for June 20 as part of a civil suit brought by Hunter against Edwards' former aide, Andrew Young.

Hunter has sued Young and his wife Cheri to force the return of a videotape that allegedly shows Hunter and Edwards having sex. Young says he found the tape while packing boxes in a home near Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Hunter lived with the Youngs for a time.

A February 8 deposition of Edwards was halted when his lawyers told him not to answer numerous questions posed by Young's attorneys. Young's attorneys filed a motion March 2 asking Superior Court Judge Carl Fox to compel Edwards to answer.

On Friday, Fox said he will preside at Edwards' next deposition and settle objections as they arise. The judge also agreed that portions of the transcript not deemed confidential would be made public.

Fox, responding to a motion filed by lawyers representing media organizations, also eased a blanket protective order to allow motions in the case to be made public.