Edwards' lawyers file to dismiss conspiracy case

September 7, 2011 07:56

WASHINGTON - John Edwards, a former Democratic hopeful for US president in 2008, has asked a federal court to dismiss charges that he used illegal campaign funds to help cover up an extramarital affair during his presidential campaign, his lawyers said on Tuesday.

Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and John Kerry's vice presidential running mate, was indicted in June on six counts, including conspiracy, accepting nearly $1 million dollars in illegal campaign contributions and making false statements.

Edwards' attorneys filed five motions to dismiss the charges that were brought against him in US District Court in Winston-Salem.

"The motions filed today demonstrate that the indictment should never have been brought in the first place and now should be dismissed by the Court," his attorneys said in a statement.

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