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Edwards, Hunter say lawyers have no conflict

Posted March 12, 2012
Updated March 14, 2012

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

Both Edwards and Rielle Hunter, who had an affair with the former U.S. senator during his 2008 bid for the White House, said in court filings Wednesday that there is no conflict of interest.

Lawyers Alan Duncan and Allison Van Liningham represented Hunter in her civil lawsuit against former Edwards aide Andrew Young over items she said Young and his wife took from her, including a purported videotape showing Edwards and Hunter engaged in sex.

Young and Hunter settled the suit last month, and the settlement called for the sex tape to be destroyed.

Edwards faces six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to hide the pregnant Hunter during the 2008 campaign. 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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  • superman Mar 15, 2012

    They forgot to mention that the settlement asked for the tapes to be destroyed but Johnny has requested otherwise. Guess he wants to show them to family and friends.

  • pebbles262004 Mar 15, 2012

    I wonder if he will marry her??

  • awood2 Mar 15, 2012

    No one expects anything else...I will however be glad when this trial too is over!!! Tired of hearing about it and it hasn't even begun.

  • westernwake1 Mar 14, 2012

    How soon till we can lock Johny Boy up?

  • driverkid3 Mar 14, 2012

    Does anyone actually expect anything else????

  • sunshine1040 Mar 14, 2012

    He paid for her lawyers so actually they were already on his payroll. Lets stop wasting time we all know Johnny did not cheat or lie and his daughter was born with out him cheating on his wife. we know this because he told us he did not cheat.

  • Bnk1024 Mar 14, 2012

    This is not news worthy *bored*. Until they actually get a decision in the case....then it MAY be.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 13, 2012

    What's the big deal.

    John was paying for the lawyers to represent Rielle Hunter.

    There is no loyalty issue.

    There loyalty is to John and not Rielle.

  • teleman60 Mar 13, 2012

    More wasted taxpayer millions!! This political vendetta will burn the US Attorney's office a new one.
    6 Bush appointed judges federal election commission in Washington reviewed the case a year ago and found not enough evidence proceed but Holding went ahead anyway.
    Bunny Mellon gave Edwards the money BECAUSE of the media's criticism of his $400 haircuts. So he WOULDN'T have to use campaign money, her words!
    Edwards may be despicable but that doesn't change the facts...

  • jdupree Mar 13, 2012

    There may be custody disputes down the road. They should not be able to represent him!

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