Court al­lows John Ed­wards to hire mis­tress’s lawyers

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

GREENS­BORO | For­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John Ed­wards got his wish Thurs­day and is chang­ing his de­fense team ahead of his crim­i­nal trial on charges of cam­paign-fi­nance vi­o­la­tions, hir­ing the same at­tor­neys who once helped his mis­tress in a law­suit over the cou­ple’s pur­ported sex tape.

The for­mer U.S. se­na­tor from North Carolina tes­ti­fied un­der oath that he un­der­stood a jury might puz­zle over the fact that lawyers Alan Dun­can and Al­li­son Van Lan­ing­ham would be rep­re­sent­ing him af­ter pre­vi­ously rep­re­sent­ing his mis­tress, Rielle Hunter.

Mr. Ed­wards faces charges that he broke fed­eral cam­paign-fi­nance laws, al­legedly us­ing nearly $1 mil­lion from two wealthy donors to hide the preg­nant mis­tress and pre­vent a scan­dal from erupt­ing as he cam­paigned for the White House in 2008. He has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Cather­ine C. Ea­gles told Mr. 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, Mr. Ed­wards should avoid to pro­tect his health. The judge asked Mr. Ed­wards whether he was tak­ing any nar­cotics or other med­i­ca­tions that might fog his judg­ment be­fore trial. for the be­liefs of my neigh­bors,” said the 69-year-old law­maker, who lives on a house­boat while in Washington.

He joins 23 other Democrats and 16 Repub­li­cans not seek­ing re-elec­tion.

Mr. Ack­er­man is a se­nior mem­ber of the House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee and has been out­spo­ken on sev­eral global is­sues, in­clud­ing U.S. sup­port for Is­rael and the threat it faces from Iran. Prior to his ten­ure in the House, he served as a New York state se­na­tor.

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