Edwards’ attorneys seek Young’s financial records

ablythe@newsobserver.comApril 11, 2012 

Attorneys for John Edwards are trying to get detailed financial information from Andrew Young, the former presidential candidate’s former aide who wrote a tell-all book about the campaign.

Cary accountant David W. Harris filed a motion to quash a subpoena asking him to either appear in federal court during Edwards’ trial or turn over six years of financial information on Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri.

Edwards, 58, is accused of secretly obtaining and using contributions from two wealthy supporters to hide his mistress and her pregnancy from the public during his unsuccessful bid for president in 2008.

The payments covered living, medical and other expenses for Rielle Hunter, a videographer with whom he had an extramarital affair and a daughter.

Andrew Young, who wrote about Edwards’ affair with Hunter in “The Politician,” a book published in 2010, is expected to be a key witness for prosecutors.

In a subpoena issued last week to Harris, the accountant in Cary, Edwards’ attorneys asked for all documents related to “The Politician,” including any agreements, payments or arrangements related to motion pictures and television productions.

Edwards’ attorneys also asked for any documents related to gifts or payments from Fred Baron and Bunny Mellon, the wealthy supporters who provided more than $900,000 to support Hunter, and Bryan Huffman, a Union County interior decorator who prosecutors contend was a conduit for $725,000 that went from Mellon to Hunter’s expenses.

In moving to quash the subpoena, Raleigh lawyer Dexter M. Campbell III said representing Harris that the Youngs objected to his producing the materials being sought.

“Harris cannot produce the requested materials unless there is a consent from the Youngs or a court order,” Campbell stated in a memorandum to the court filed on Wednesday.

Blythe: 919-836-4948

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