Judge Considers Sending Ex-Edwards Aide to Jail

By: Mike Baker AP Email
By: Mike Baker AP Email

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A judge said Tuesday he is considering whether to send a former John Edwards aide to jail for contempt over his handling of a purported sex tape showing the former presidential candidate.

Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones said he was "troubled" by discrepancies in Andrew Young's statements. Jones decided to take a break for part of the afternoon to consider the matter, and asked Young and his wife to take the stand later in the day to explain their statements.

"I don't want to lock them up, but the pattern is really painful to me," Jones said. "I can't get my gut to rest right now."

Lawyers for Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, accused Andrew Young of "dozens of lies." They took issue with Young's handling of materials that Hunter is seeking, including the tape.

Young described in written affidavits a limited number of people who have seen parts of the tape. But Hunter's attorneys produced an affidavit Tuesday of another man, freelance journalist Robert Draper, who said in a written statement to the court that Young also showed the tape to him in March 2009.

Hunter's attorneys have also accused Young of lying when he initially claimed that the only copies of the tape had been sealed for more than a year in an Atlanta safety deposit box. Young has since said he recently showed the video to ABC News as he prepared to promote his tell-all book with the program.

An attorney for Young chalked up the discrepancies to "memory lapses" and said Young had done everything he could to turn over the materials to the court. The sex tape, along with photos and documents, have been placed under seal.

"They've turned over everything," said lawyer Robert Elliot.

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