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John Edwards’ attorneys could have conflict of interest after representing mistress

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal court hearing this week will look
into whether the latest attorneys to join John Edwards’ criminal
defense team have a conflict of interest after representing the
former presidential candidate’s mistress.

The hearing scheduled for Thursday in Greensboro will air
whether the two lawyers who had represented Rielle Hunter in a
lawsuit over ownership of a sex tape would have divided loyalties
when representing Edwards.

Edwards faces six criminal counts related to campaign finance
violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to
hide the pregnant Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008. 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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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