Tuesday, October 11, 2011
John Edwards' Lawyer Faces Conflicts Question
The Blog of the Legal Times has an interesting news story about Abbe Lowell, the attorney for John Edwards. Edwards is facing a six-count federal indictment in which Justice Department prosecutors say that he received more than $900,000 in illegal campaign contributions. While the case was under investigation, Lowell was representing (among others) Edwards’ former campaign pollster, Harrison Hickman. But two months ago, after it became clear the case is likely headed to trial, Edwards hired Lowell as his lead attorney. That creates potential conflicts of interest because prosecutors may call Hickman as a witness, according to a new court motion from prosecutors asking for a hearing. Reportedly, however, all the parties involved have stated hey will consent to the representation so the conflicts may not be a problem. Go here for more details.