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Wake County judge avoided looking at Edwards sex tape

In case you missed it, an interesting anecdote from Anne Blythe's story about Wake County Superior Court Judge Abe Jones' retirement: "A broad smile stretches across his face as he talks about the role he played in the lawsuit filed by Rielle Hunter, the mother of former presidential candidate John Edwards’ youngest child, against Andrew Young, his former aide.

The infamous sex tape was part of that case. Jones said he refused to watch the tape to make sure it was the real thing. Instead he asked two female lawyers to watch it for him — one from each side — and index the important parts.

“I just didn’t want to do it,” Jones said. “I sometimes see him socially. I would feel like I was in his bedroom.”

Andrew Young won't face criminal charges

Andrew Young, the ex-aide to John Edwards, and his wife will not be prosecuted for criminal contempt for their actions in a civil case brought against them by Edwards' former mistress, the district attorney for Orange and Chatham counties announced Monday.

In June, Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan asked District Attorney Jim Woodall to review whether Young, his wife, Cheri Young, and their two lawyers violated an order sealing evidence in the civil case. The violation allegedly occurred when the Youngs turned over sealed documents in the civil case to federal agents who were investigating Edwards’ campaign finances.

The civil case was brought in 2010 by Edwards' former mistress Rielle Hunter over ownership of a video tape that purportedly showed Edwards and Hunter having sex. The Youngs said they found the tape in a box after Hunter moved out following a stay at their home near Chapel Hill. The case was settled in February with an agreement that the tape and any copies would be destroyed.

Sex tape becomes issue in John Edwards trial

A defense lawyer described it simply as a “private video.”

But on the fifth day of testimony Friday, about an hour and a half into the continued cross examination of Andrew Young, the prosecutor’s lead witness in their criminal case against John Edwards, the purported sex tape between Edwards and Rielle Hunter was mentioned. Read the early trial story from Day 5 here.

Edwards' mistress wins court judgement, forces return of alleged sex tape

Rielle Hunter won a consent judgement that orders Andrew Young to return several items of her property, including an alleged sex tape of her and former presidential candidate John Edwards.

“We got the outcome we were seeking,” said Hunter’s attorney, Alan Duncan.

Hunter, Edwards’ former mistress, sued Young in 2010 after Young published his expose bringing light the existence of the tape in February of that year. She sought to have her personal property returned to her.

Edwards doesn't want to be deposed in sex tape case

John Edwards does not want to be deposed this month in a case involving a purported sex tape.

The two-time presidential candidate is asking that his scheduled June 20 deposition wait until after criminal proceedings against him conclude, according to the Associated Press. Edwards said in court papers filed Thursday that he wants the delay to protect his right to a fair trial and against self-incrimination.

Edwards is a witness in a privacy lawsuit that mistress Rielle Hunter filed against former Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young. Hunter contends Young improperly took what is believed to be a sex tape that includes Edwards.

Edwards is charged with improperly using campaign money to keep Hunter out of the public eye as he pursued the White House. He says he is innocent.

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