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U.S. Court To Hear Edwards Lawyer Loyalty Concerns

A federal court hearing this week will look into whether the latest attorneys to join John Edwards' criminal defense team have a conflict of interest after representing the former presidential candidate's mistress.

The hearing scheduled for Thursday in Greensboro will air whether the two lawyers who had represented Rielle Hunter in a lawsuit over ownership of a sex tape would have divided loyalties when representing Edwards.

Edwards faces six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to hide the pregnant Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008. He has pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors say it's very possible Hunter will be among the witnesses called to testify at Edwards' trial. Jury selection is to begin April 12.


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