Edwards changes lawyers before criminal trial

Posted August 19, 2011

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— Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards made changes to his legal team two months before his trial is set to begin on campaign finance charges.

Former White House Counsel Gregory Craig and former Associate White House Counsel Cliff Sloan and attorney David Foster are no longer representing Edwards, according to court documents filed Friday. 

High-profile Washington D.C.-based white-collar defense attorney Abbe Lowell is joining Edwards' legal team, according to the documents. 

No reason was given for the change. 

A grand jury in June indicted Edwards on six felony charges related to money that was used to cover up his affair and child with Rielle Hunter, a videographer who chronicled his 2008 presidential campaign.

Federal prosecutors say Edwards accepted $900,000 in contributions from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Texas banker Fred Barron – far above the legal limit – and filed filing false campaign finance reports to hide the donations.

Edwards has maintained that the contributions were gifts and didn't need to be reported. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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  • Brogden Aug 19, 2011

    This is a ploy to delay the trial - now, Johnny will ask it be put off since he has a new attorney and they need to get "up to speed". Watch and see!

  • beachboater Aug 19, 2011

    If she had given me the $900K, I would have more to show for it than an ilegitimate child and a bad reputation.

  • thinkb4uspeakplz Aug 19, 2011

    geez, I dont know who is paying this lawyer but I hope this case damages her career. He is a criminal and should be treated as nothing else but a criminal!

  • City Boy Aug 19, 2011

    I can remember many years ago and the first time I saw him and how the hair on the back of my neck stood up even before he opened his mouth. No special gift really...not hard to see. I was sick when he announced he was running for President, thank goodness that never came to pass. The list continues to grow from both sides of the Political Isle. By far the most corrupt bunch of people in history, worse than the lowest common criminal and without one once of remorse or regret to what they are doing to this country.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Aug 19, 2011

    Is Bunny bankrolling anybody? I need a mil for some stuff.