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Trial date for John Edwards tentatively set for October

From Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
John Edwards, shown outside court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in June, denies he broke the law.
John Edwards, shown outside court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in June, denies he broke the law.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Edwards attended the court session along with his attorneys
  • He has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations
  • If convicted on all counts, Edwards could face up to 30 years in prison
  • He is a former U.S. senator and two-time presidential candidate
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Read more about the case from CNN affiliate News 14 Carolina.

(CNN) -- The criminal conspiracy trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is tentatively scheduled to begin in October, U.S. District Judge Norwood Carlton Tilley Jr. said Thursday.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator and two-time contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, pleaded not guilty in June to conspiracy and campaign law violations.

His plea came shortly after a federal grand jury indicted him on six counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws.

He attended the Thursday court session along with his attorneys, according to a federal court source. CNN affiliate News 14 Carolina showed video of Edwards walking into the courthouse in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A grand jury has been investigating whether money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations, a contention Edwards' team has disputed.

"There's no question that I've done wrong," Edwards told reporters outside federal court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last month. "But I did not break the law and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law."

If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.5 million.

 
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