Now that former vice presidential candidate John Edwards has been declared healthy enough to stand trial for the alleged misuse of campaign funds, the proceedings are advancing at a rapid pace.
Edwards, accused of using donations from his failed 2008 presidential run on hiding a secret affair and pregnancy with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter, is now preparing for an April trial. And to get ready, he’s hiring his mistresses ex-lawyers. “John Edwards, the former Democratic presidential candidate charged with campaign-finance violations, won court permission to use his former mistress’s lawyers at his criminal trial, set to start next month.Prosecutors objected to the participation of the lawyers, Alan Duncan and Allison Van Laningham, saying there could be a conflict of interest should Edwards’s former paramour, filmmaker Rielle Hunter, be called as a witness.”
The judge in charge of the case, however, thinks it might be a bad idea. “U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles told Edwards that shaking up his defense team was likely causing him stress, something the former senator’s doctor said in a private letter to the judge Edwards should avoid to protect his health. The judge asked Edwards whether he was taking any narcotics or other medications that might fog his judgment before trial. ‘I’m taking a bunch of medication. No narcotics, to answer that question,’ said Edwards, who appeared sharp and relaxed. ‘If I have memory problems, they’re not because of the medicine.’”
But there’s no reason to fear conflict of interest. Hunter has been granted immunity.
Well, thank goodness! That should relieve any awkwardness as the two allegedly try to conceive a second child.
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