John Edwards Memory
Published: May 12, 2012
John Edwards Memory, Her husband may have been an Ambien-popping heavy drinker, but that doesnâ€™t mean he didn’t know what he was talking about when he filled her in on the goings-on of then-boss John Edwards amid Edwards’ illicit affair, Cheri Young testified today.
In her second day of testimony in federal court, Young, the wife of ex-Edwards aide Andrew Young, conceded that her husband was hitting the sauce hard in 2006 and 2007 while he was working for Edwards. It’s during that time that Edwards is accused of illegally funneling campaign cash to mistress-turned-baby mama Rielle Hunter, and the Youngs were admittedly part of the coverup.
As the defense tried to portray both Cheri and her husband as unreliable witnesses to what went on at the time, Cheri Young fought back.
â€śYou reported to the prosecution team that Andrew Young was drinking a lot in 2006 and 2007,â€ť said lawyer Alan Duncan, who is defending Edwards on a six-count federal indictment that carries a possible 30-year sentence.â€śAre there instances when your husband has said in your presence he drinks too much and had trouble with his memory?â€ť
Young, who broke down in tears yesterday, remained composed while Edwards’ lawyers grilled her.
â€śI donâ€™t think so,â€ť she replied.
She said her husband regularly took the prescription sleeping pill Ambien, which has side effects including hallucinations and amnesia.
And she conceded that she told the FBI and prosecutors recently that her husband has taken Ambien for years. But she initially rejected Duncanâ€™s question that it affects his memory.
Duncan then read from a transcript of the April 19, 2012 meeting with the feds where she told them about his Ambien use.
â€śAmbien makes her husband loopy and he couldnâ€™t remember things the next day,â€ť he quoted from the transcript. (New York Post)
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