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.