Judge: John Edwards Has Serious Health Issues

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Former presidential candidate John Edwards is suffering from a life-threatening condition, according to a federal judge overseeing his trial for suspected campaign finance violations.

Judge Catherine Eagles did not disclose Edwards' exact illness, but cited two letters from a cardiologist saying the former senator will undergo a medical procedure next month.

Edwards is also taking medication for his condition.

As a result of the news, Eagles delayed the trial until March.

"The public has an interest in a speedy trial," Eagles said from the bench. "Ordinarily, I would try to manage something like this. But clearly there are some limitations on Mr. Edwards due to real and serious health issues."

Doctors have instructed Edwards, 58, to limit his travel -- although he appeared for Friday's court hearing where the doctors' notes were revealed.

Prosecutors charge Edwards misused nearly $1 million in campaign donations to help hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 presidential campaign.

*Originally aired on January 13, 2012.

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