U.S. Court Allows Edwards To Hire Mistress's Lawyer

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is changing lawyers a month before his criminal trial, adding attorneys who represented his mistress in a lawsuit over the couple's alleged sex tape.

Edwards told federal Judge Catherine Eagles on Thursday he wanted to hire lawyers Alan Duncan and Allison Van Laningham. They represented Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter in a lawsuit settled last month with a deal that all copies of the tape would be destroyed.

Eagles said the two new lawyers couldn't cross-examine Hunter if prosecutors made her a witness.

Prosecutors said Hunter could be called to testify about how she was hidden after getting pregnant during Edwards' presidential campaign in 2008.

Edwards is accused of violating campaign finance laws by using nearly $1 million from wealthy donors to hide the scandal.

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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    My guess would be strategy - If he has his 'intended' ( the chic) 's attorneys in his stable - it would eliminnate the prosecutation to compel her to testify, which would quh the depositions and any evidence the pros. may have been holding out on for a rainy day........... ONly thing I can think of - unless he wants to have no dispute because he is paying her fees ( which he has been doing anyway ).
  • by M. Wooten on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:35 AM
    Lol! Don't see all the racial words now do you. White man scam the whole state and the white people are fine with it. Black person make the news he is every derogatory word u can think of. FOH!
  • by Barlow on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:09 PM
    The national debt is almost $15.6 trillion dollars. It would cost $1 million dollars a day for 42,739 years to pay off the debt (not including interest). Or, $100 million dollars per day for 427 years. It would take $100 million dollars per day for 137 years just to pay off Obama's $5 trillion dollars in added debt. Obama has increased the national debt by about $4.3 billion dollars per day since he took office!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    But is he a good liberal democrat? Lies, check, decieving, check, dishonest, check, supports Obama, check, check, thinks he is too elite for jail, check...yep, hes got it going on...maybe Bev will pardon him...
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM
    Tarholes always in the news, this is the guy that Dean Smith and Roy Williams endorsed!
  • by patriot Location: ENC on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM
    What a scumbag...
  • by voter Location: nc on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
    how many stunts does this make? his bad heart is better now? gotta love the way lawyers massage the system. next week it'll be a terminal hang nail.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
    Just put this worthless scumball in prison for the rest of his life. This piece of white trash has disgraced our state from each and every angle.
  • by yukon on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    maybe they looked at the tape together or all 3 did
  • by P on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    Sharp dressed scam does it again!
    • reply
      by Sam on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:38 PM in reply to P
      You mean sharp dressed scum!
      • reply
        by P on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM in reply to Sam
        That too! He scammed North Carolinians, plus I say scum is still too polite for the idiot!
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