The law partner of high-profile attorney Geoffrey Fieger says he wants a separate trial on criminal charges involving donations to John Edwards.
The Detroit News reports that Ven Johnson's lawyer argued in a court filing that his client's chances for a fair trial could be hurt by Fieger's celebrity.
The filing says Johnson also could be hurt by Fieger's public comments about the case. They have been accused of submitting illegal contributions to the former North Carolina senator's run for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.
Fieger also has been charged with obstructing justice. Their federal trial could start in December. Fieger also has pushed for separate trials.
Fieger's lawyer said in a separate filing that Fieger is the target and Johnson's case would dissolve if Fieger is acquitted.