For Judge Carl Fox, the decision to allow John Edwards to be relieved from further questioning in a case involving ownership of sex tapes of him and Rielle Hunter was one he had to make.
“As much as I don’t like the idea of staying, I think it’s absolutely necessary in the interest of justice,” Fox said in a Wake County courtroom Thursday morning.
Jim Cooney, one of the lawyers representing Edwards, argued at the hearing that requiring Edwards to continue with his deposition in the case against his former aide Andrew Young and Young’s wife Cheri after his June 3 indictment could cause Edwards to incriminate himself in the federal case against him.
The indictment against Edwards contains allegations that he broke campaign finance laws while trying to cover up his extramarital affair with Hunter, his former campaign videographer and also the mother of one of his children.
During Edwards’ original six-hour deposition in February, Cooney said Edwards was asked more than 2,000 questions and answered all but about 70 of them.