March 10th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
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Threat of jail latest chapter in drama involving John Edwards

Andrew Young, a former aide to Sen. John Edwards, could soon be sent to jail.

Andrew Young, a former aide to Sen. John Edwards, could soon be sent to jail.

Washington (CNN) - In the ongoing political drama involving sex, lies, videotape and John Edwards – a judge in North Carolina added a new level of suspense: a threat of jail time.

Former Edwards aide Andrew Young could soon be sent to jail, along with his wife, for contempt of court. State Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones said he wants a full explanation of how the couple handled items sought by Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter, including a purported sex tape between her and the two-time presidential candidate, according to CNN affiliate WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

On the stand, Young pleaded he'd turned over all the items being sought, telling the judge, "I swear I'm trying to tell you the truth." He added, "It's been a long time ago."

The purported sex tape between Edwards and Hunter is among the bombshells Young makes in his book, "The Politician." Edwards previously admitted having an affair with Hunter and, later, admitted being the father of Hunter's daughter.

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  1. Andres Bustamante

    Amazing how the "justice" system jumps into action for the wealthy and powerful. I wonder how many years you or I would have to wait for a court to even think of taking on our case if faced with the same dilemma!!!

    Why is Edwards so worried about his sex tape being made public? We all know you did it, we all know you are a pervert for recording it. So what's the point of destroying the tapes. The damage is done you southern pervert!

    March 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. EMJ

    You see, there are two America's. One that cheats on a spouse and the second does not.

    March 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Monkey wrench

    Too funny and atypical of how dysfunctional our legal system is. Here we have the Democratic Golden Dream Boy misusing campaign funds to keep his little psycho girlfriend and their love child on the lam and the courts go after the guy with their homemade porno. By the way, when is that Blagojevich trial scheduled? You know the one that involve Bozo, Rambo and Americas favorite race pimp Jesse junior?

    March 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Jack Fl

    Will It ever end? Are all politicians sleazy or do only sleazy people run and get elected. If there are any decent folk left any where speak out now and let's get the sleaze out of politics.

    March 10, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Hard to believe, but Andrew Young is an even bigger scumball than John Edwards.

    Too bad they're not Republicans, they'd be party leaders like Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Mark Sanford...and the so-called "liberal" media wouldn't even be discussing this.

    March 10, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Bill Kelly

    I'm all for the Ten Commandments. How about we start with "Thou shall not kill." Let's see where the real Christ-like people line up.....

    March 10, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Ramses

    Why Andrew Young should go to Jail? It should be John Edwards for all the monkeying around. Some laws & law makers are strange, Some countries & their political parties & systems are strange. Let us move on with life, there is no end to bickering & bad news.

    March 10, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Rich

    "Thank You Massachusetts" might want to actually read the Constitution, especially the Establishment clause, which mandates separation church and state, and PROHIBITS religious teaching in public schools. Then try reading the Treaty of Tripoli, which will explain to you that you don't live in a "Christian Nation".

    The Establishment clause protects me from fundamentalists like you. You clearly don't understand the principles this country was founded on.

    The Ten Commandments are not the basis of our justice system either. There are only three commandments that deal with justice – #6, #8 & #9 The rest are instructions on how to worship your imaginary god. That's the problem with the Far Right – they don't really know much about anything, even their own holy book.

    Take responsibility for raising your own children by your principles and leave the rest of us alone.

    March 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Tram

    So people want to go after Edwards for having a mistress, making a tape, fathering a child, denying that child, having his people lie for him, etc, but they don't want to imprison Bush for crimes against humanity, dismantling and destroying our civil liberties and the Constitution?

    Yeah - it's easy to see why the criminals get off free as a bird in this country when people don't want to punish the true criminals and go after someone for tabloid reasons instead.

    March 10, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. witch56

    oh please why should I fell sorry for him? He needs to go to jail. He could have walked away if he didn't like what was going on he has free will as does any body. He lied he got caught and is still lying. He made that choice he has to live with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Cliff

    Apparently, CNN does not want to hear from you unless you can find a way to post something "positive" about Edwards.
    In that case....I am positive he is lower than a pimple on a whale's belly!

    March 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Liz in DC

    In my opinion, people who seek power are generally corrupt–politicians, preachers, police and judges.

    March 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. proud dem in nc

    This guy is a fool to fall on his sword for Edwards. Edwards is such a scumbag.!!!!!!!! Put John in the slammer. John your days in politics are over, you loser.!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. proud dem in nc

    Hey "socialismbad" I could fill up this space with so called "family values" Rethuglicans that have cheated, lied, and have been unfaithful to their spouses. Hypocrites!!. Don't point fingers at the Dems. People in glass houses.......

    March 10, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Patsy, Texas

    Sorry guys, but this Young guy is as big a sleezebag as Edwards is;
    Agreeing to saying he is the father? Moving her (along with his wife)
    from house to house hiding? Saying terrible things about Mrs. Edwards
    with no compassion for her at all? Then writing a book? Young says
    they were "scared". Well, boo-hoo. Ever heard the word "NO thanks,
    Edwards!". But he thought if he went along with this c–p, he and wifie
    would get an Ambassadorship. That's called looking out for your
    own interests. Jail sounds good to me. They all make me sick!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Florida

    this guys along with Edwards is full of stuff. He had information that was pertinent to Edwards being explosed instead he continue to get paid and when no more money was coming his way he decided to expose Edwards. He all but said that when he appeared on ABC's 20/20.

    March 10, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Justin

    Man is this a sad, gross story.

    March 10, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Edwards' photo should appear beside the definitions of "liar" and "smarmy" in every dictionary. Disgusting. And to think people actually voted for this guy for VP and for President. Even more disgusting.

    March 10, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Ruth

    I think he should put the tape on the internet. After all, the Pig left the tape behind. Must not have put too much value on it until she found out someone else had it. Lets pin a medal on this guy for spilling the beans.

    March 10, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    John Edwards has alot of nerve. Having the nerve to ask this man to tell everyone that this was his mistress while he was running for president and have her live with the man's family. Edwards and this woman have no shame.

    The woman is a piece of work – as is Edwards. No class at all.

    March 10, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Andy

    Socialism is Bad is right on with this typical Dumocrap rat.Pretty boy Edwards and his $500 haircut runs around on his love of his life wife and then wants to denie he has a child-TYPICAL DUMOCRAP.

    March 10, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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