John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition, sources confirm to CNN.
The National Enquirer reported New Year's Day that Edwards had sought to delay his trial for criminal corruption, scheduled to begin later this month, due to the condition.
Looks like that was true. Lawyers and a federal judge met in a North Carolina courtroom Friday for a status hearing regarding the pending trial of the former U.S. senator.
Edwards appeared in person at Friday's hearing. The motion for a delay was made under seal, but some details were publicly revealed by the judge in the open hearing.
The criminal trial has been delayed until at least March 26, according to reports.
Judge Catherine Eagles said she's contacted Edwards' cardiologist, who recommended a postponement, saying John is scheduled to undergo surgery next month.
Edwards is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts related to donations to and payments he allegedly made from his failed 2008 presidential campaign.
He's accused of conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws by funneling money to now-infamous mistress Rielle Hunter.
He denies wrongdoing. In a criminal sense. Even he says he's a jerk.