Judge Allows John Edwards To Use Ex-Paramour's Lawyers

Law360, New York (March 15, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday said former lawyers for John Edwards's ex-mistress can represent Edwards in his criminal trial for alleged campaign finance violations, putting aside conflict-of-interest concerns raised by prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled in a Thursday hearing that Allison Van Laningham and Alan Duncan of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, who represented Rielle Hunter in a recent lawsuit over ownership of a sensitive videotape Edwards and Hunter made, could serve as counsel for Edwards.

To avoid potential conflicts of interest, the...
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