(CBS/AP) GREENSBORO, N.C. - A federal judge in North Carolina has denied an attempt by John Edwards to get criminal charges against him dismissed. This clears the way for a trial to begin next year.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles ruled Thursday in Greensboro that the federal government's case against the former presidential candidate and U.S. senator can proceed.
His lawyers argue that the prosecution's case relies on completely novel legal arguments. But Eagles says it may be that the facts of the case itself are unique.
Edwards is accused of using about $1 million in undisclosed payments from campaign donors to cover up his affair withduring his 2008 White House bid.
Edwards has pleaded not guilty. A trial is scheduled to begin in January.