The Justice Department’s star witness in the case against former presidential candidate John Edwards has complicated the prosecution of the North Carolina Democrat by reaching out to other witnesses in the case in a violation of the law.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said that Young called three other witnesses in the last two weeks and that Edwards’ legal team could mention the phone calls but not use the phrase “witness tampering,” according to the Associated Press.
Young is expected to testify that Edwards was involved in the plot to use money from two donors to support Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter and the their daughter. Young had claimed paternity of Edwards’ daughter in the midst of the scandal.
The defense team has also been banned from mentioning that a one night stand that Young had with another one of the witnesses back in 2007.